An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced top model Bar Refaeli to nine months of community service and her mother to 16 years in prison, ending a long-running tax evasion case that complemented the once-favorite national image.
Refley entered the Tel Aviv courthouse wearing a beige T-shirt and a light blue surgical face mask. He was accompanied by his father, Rafi, his mother, Gigi and lawyers. Refaeli, 35, and his mother were convicted in July of tax evasion on 10 million in income.
The two were also ordered to pay a ড 1.5 million fine in addition to the state’s arrears of millions of dollars, according to a plea bargain accepted by the court. Jazzy Refelli is set to begin serving his prison sentence next week.
The protracted case, built around the world-famous celebrity model’s worldwide earnings and the family’s attempts to reduce her ties to Israel, has damaged her well-crafted public image as the country’s unofficial ambassador.
Yet, she remains a popular TV personality and pitch-woman whose image is ubiquitous on highway billboards across the country. Last year, he hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Bar Refaeli (right) and his mother, Gigi, left a court in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday.
Over the years when she traveled the world promoting high-profile modeling, got the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit version, and had a long-term romantic relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, centered around lawsuits around the Raffles residence for years.
Israeli tax law essentially determines residents that the person spent most of the country’s calendar year. Refley claimed he did nothing and therefore did not have to declare his income in certain years.
Prosecutors rejected his claim and accused him of providing incorrect tax information. Raffles alleges he earned about তিনি 2.2 million between 2009 and 2012 when he claimed to be living abroad to avoid paying Israeli taxes on his income.
In previous appeals, an Israeli court has ruled that Raffaelli’s relationship with DiCaprio did not qualify as a “family unit” and therefore he cannot claim his U.S. residence to avoid paying his full taxes.
Refley’s lawyers say the bargaining proves that he was not intentionally deprived of paying taxes. Refley’s mother, who also worked as his agent, was charged with failing to report income, evading paying taxes and helping someone else avoid paying taxes. Allegedly, he signed a lease for his daughter in the name of other members of the family to obscure the real residence status of Raffles and refrained from declaring his income to his daughter as an agent.