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    Dolce and Gabbana convicted of tax evasion

    Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce bowed after a fashion show in Milan in January.
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    Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce bowed after a fashion show in Milan in January.

    MILAN — A Milan court convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion on Wednesday.

    They were found guilty of failing to declare $268 million through a Luxembourg company to authorities and given a suspended jail sentence of one year and eight months. They were ordered to pay a penalty of about $670,000 to tax authorities.

    The court, however, acquitted them of misrepresenting income of around $560 million each, even though the statute of limitations had expired on the charge.

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    The designers have denied the charges. Defense lawyer Massimo Dinoia pledged to appeal the ruling, saying the fact the court issued an acquittal on a charge that had expired ‘‘means the proof of their innocence is evident.’’

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    Three other defendants, including two managers, were also convicted in the scheme and given suspended sentences.

    Associated Press