Not only have Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana had to pony up over a hundred million dollars in fines related to charges of tax evasion (and they’re still involved in litigation for hundreds more), now WWD reports that prosecutor Gaetano Ruta has called for two-and-a-half years of jail time for the embattled designers.
The designers wouldn’t be the only ones absent from the Milan headquarters if convicted: Ruta has called for the same sentence for board member Cristiana Ruella, two years for Domenico’s brother Alfonso Dolce and finance director Giuseppe Minoni, and three years for accountant Luciano Patelli.
The trouble dates back to 2004, when they sold the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to a holding company based in Luxembourg, Gado Srl., a company which authorities allege was set up as a legal entity to avoid Italy’s sky-high tax rates.
Will coming collections be sketched from a prison cell? We’ll keep you updated as the case plays out. For now, you can catch up on their past shows in the videos below, and get the lowdown on Buglari’s billion-euro tax drama and Christie Brinkley‘s hefty IRS fine: