Israeli courtroom sentences mannequin Bar Refaeli for tax evasion

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September 13, 2020 | 9:22am

An Israeli courtroom sentenced prime mannequin Bar Refaeli on Sunday to 9 months of group service and sentenced her mom to 16 months in jail, ending a protracted tax evasion case that had sullied the picture of a once-beloved nationwide icon.

Refaeli entered the Tel Aviv courthouse in a beige T-shirt and carrying a lightweight blue surgical face masks. She was accompanied by her father, Raffi, her mom, Tzipi, and flanked by legal professionals. The 35-year-old Refaeli and her mom have been convicted in July to offenses of evading paying taxes on revenue nearing $10 million.

In keeping with a plea cut price accepted by the courtroom, the 2 have been additionally ordered to pay a $1.5 million high-quality on prime of thousands and thousands of again taxes owed to the state. Tzipi Refaeli is about to start serving her jail sentence subsequent week.

The extended case, constructed across the movie star mannequin’s worldwide revenue and the household’s makes an attempt to downplay her ties to Israel, broken her well-crafted public picture as an off-the-cuff ambassador for the nation.

Nonetheless, she stays a preferred TV persona and pitch-woman whose picture is ubiquitous on freeway billboards all through the nation. Final 12 months, she hosted the Eurovision Music Contest in Tel Aviv.

Israeli top model Bar Refaeli, right, and her mother, Zipi Rafaieli wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic as they leave a courtroom in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Sept. 13
Bar Refaeli (proper) and her mom, Tzipi, go away a courtroom in Tel Aviv, Israel, on SundayAP

The case facilities round Refaeli’s residence throughout years when she traveled all over the world in high-profile modeling campaigns, graced the quilt of the Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit version and had a prolonged romantic relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Israeli tax regulation determines residency primarily upon whether or not the particular person spent many of the calendar 12 months within the nation. Refaeli claimed that she hadn’t and subsequently didn’t must declare her revenue throughout sure years.

Prosecutors rejected her declare and charged her with offering incorrect tax data. Refaeli’s indictment stated she earned some $7.2 million between the years 2009-2012 whereas claiming to reside abroad to keep away from paying Israeli taxes on her revenue.

In earlier appeals, an Israeli courtroom dominated that Refaeli’s relationship with DiCaprio didn’t qualify as a “household unit,” and subsequently she couldn’t declare his U.S. residence to keep away from paying the total taxes she owed.

Refaeli’s legal professionals stated the plea cut price proved she had not deliberately evaded paying taxes. Refaeli’s mom, who additionally acted as her agent, was charged with failure to report revenue, avoiding paying taxes and aiding another person in evading tax funds. The indictment stated she signed leases for her daughter beneath the names of different relations to blur Refaeli’s precise residency standing and shunned declaring her personal revenue as her daughter’s agent.

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