Israeli Top Model Bar Refaeli Convicted of Tax Evasion


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TEL AVIV, Israel—An Israeli courtroom convicted prime model Bar Refaeli on Monday on four counts of tax offenses, capping a protracted tax evasion case towards her and her family that sullied the image of a once beloved nationwide icon.

Refaeli entered the Tel Aviv courthouse with a white face mask to match her white blouse. She was accompanied by her father, Raffi, her mom, Zipi, and a phalanx of legal professionals. The 35-year-old Refaeli and her mom confessed to offenses of evading paying taxes on revenue nearing $10 million.

In response to a plea discount agreement they signed with authorities last month, Refaeli is to serve 9 months of group service whereas her mom can be sent to jail for 16 months. The two are additionally ordered to pay a $1.5 million superb on prime of hundreds of thousands of back taxes owed to the state.

Israeli top model Bar Refaeli,
Israeli prime model Bar Refaeli, middle, wears a masks as she arrives to a courtroom alongside together with her mom, Zipi, left, her father, Raffi, middle, and legal professionals, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 20, 2020. (Oded Balilty/AP)

The extended case, constructed across the superstar model’s worldwide revenue and the family’s attempts to downplay her ties to Israel, damaged her well-crafted public image as an off-the-cuff ambassador for the nation.

Nonetheless, she remains a well-liked TV character and pitch-woman whose picture is ubiquitous on freeway billboards all through the nation. Final yr, she hosted the Eurovision Music Contest in Tel Aviv.

The guts of the case revolves round Refaeli’s residence earlier this decade when she traveled around the globe in high-profile modeling campaigns, graced the duvet of the Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit edition and had a prolonged romantic relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Israeli tax regulation determines residency primarily upon whether the individual spent a lot of the calendar yr in the nation. Refaeli claimed that she hadn’t and subsequently didn't should declare her worldwide revenue in certain years.

However prosecutors rejected her claim and charged her with offering incorrect tax info. For example, Refaeli’s indictment stated she earned some $7.2 million between the years 2009-2012 while claiming to reside abroad to keep away from paying taxes on her revenue.

In previous appeals, an Israeli courtroom dominated that Refaeli’s relationship with DiCaprio didn't qualify as a “household unit,” and subsequently she could not claim his American residence to avoid paying the complete taxes she owed.

Refaeli’s legal professionals stated the plea discount proved she hadn’t deliberately evaded tax payments. Refaeli’s mom, who also 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 other relations to blur Refaeli’s precise residency status and avoided declaring her own revenue as her daughter’s agent.

By Aron Heller