Israeli court sentenced Model Bar Refaeli for tax evasion

7:44 PM PDT 9/13/2020


The Associated Press

The 35-year-old and her mother were convicted in July of the offenses of paying tax on income close to $ 10 million.

An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced top model Bar Refaeli to nine months of community service and sentenced her mother to 16 months in prison, ending a long-time tax evasion case that once -The image of the beloved national icon was tarnished.

Refaeli entered the Tel Aviv courthouse in a beige T-shirt and wore a light blue surgical face mask. He was accompanied by his father, Rafi, his mother, Jippi and a lawyer. Raffelli, 35, and her mother were convicted in July of the crime of paying tax on income close to $ 10 million.

The two were also ordered to pay a $ 1.5 million fine on top of the state’s millions of tax, according to a plea accepted by the court. Jippi Raffelli is set to begin his prison sentence next week.

The prolonged case, built around the celebrity model’s worldwide income and the family’s efforts to cut ties with Israel, has damaged her well-crafted public image as an informal ambassador for the country Transported.

Nevertheless, 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.

When she traveled around the world in high-profile modeling campaigns, the case centers around Refaeli’s residence were covered. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit version and had a long romantic relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Israeli tax law primarily determines at residence whether the person has spent the most time of the calendar year in the country. Refaeli claimed that she was not and therefore did not have to declare her income during a few years.

Prosecutors rejected her claim and accused her of providing false tax information. The referee’s indictment stated that he earned $ 7.2 million between the years 2009-2012, claiming to live abroad to avoid paying Israeli taxes on his income.

In previous appeals, an Israeli court ruled that Reffelli’s relationship with DiCaprio did not qualify as a “family unit”, and therefore could not claim her US residence to avoid paying full taxes. .

Reffeli’s lawyers said the plea proved that he had not paid taxes intentionally. Refaeli’s mother, who also acted as his agent, was charged with failing to report income, avoiding paying taxes, and assisting someone else in paying taxes. The indictment states that he signed the leases for his daughter under other family members’ names to blur Riffley’s actual residence status and avoided declaring her own income as her daughter’s agent did.