Israeli prime mannequin Bar Refaeli sentenced in tax evasion case

Tel Aviv, September 13

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was sentenced on Sunday to 9 months’ group service and her mom was ordered jailed for 16 months for tax evasion on earnings from her worldwide profession.

The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cowl mannequin, now a well-liked TV character in Israel, had pleaded responsible to tax offences below a plea cut price that additionally included her mom and agent, Tzipi Refaeli.

Israel tax authorities accused the 2 of evading paying taxes on earnings of about $7.2 million.

Security for his or her courtroom look on Sunday was tight, with barricades within the foyer marking a path to an elevator that took the pair to the courtroom.

“We love you Bar,” one girl shouted because the mannequin and her mom, each sporting coronavirus masks, walked previous cameras and reporters, with out making any remark.

Defence attorneys had argued that Bar Refaeli, a papparazzi favorite throughout a romantic relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, didn’t need to declare to Israeli tax authorities worldwide earnings between 2009 and 2012.

Refaeli, now 35 and a mom of three and married to an Israeli businessman, had contended she was dwelling abroad on the time and exempt from any Israeli tax payments.

But prosecutors mentioned she had been dwelling in luxurious properties in Israel leased by her mom and different kinfolk to cover her residency standing.

A Courts Administration assertion mentioned Bar was assigned provisionally to carry out group service, 5 days per week, at a centre close to Tel Aviv for individuals with bodily disabilities.

Her 65-year-old mom was because of start her jail time period on September 21.

They had been fined 2.5 million shekels ($722,460) every, on prime of taxes owed. The Haaretz newspaper mentioned they’d seemingly find yourself paying authorities about 25 million shekels ($7.2 million), together with curiosity prices. Reuters

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