By  on March 27, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO — Eliana Tranchesi, owner of the ultrachic São Paulo fashion emporium Daslu, was convicted late Wednesday of forming a criminal ring, tax evasion and falsification of documents, and was sentenced to 94 years in prison.

The trial took over two years, from early 2006 to June 2008 and, after deliberating for 10 months, Federal Judge Maria Isabel do Prado, of the 2nd Regional Court in Guarulhos, outside of São Paulo, convicted and sentenced Tranchesi, along with her brother, Antonio Carlos Piva Albuquerque, and their accountant, Celso de Lima. Federal Police imprisoned them early Thursday, according to Federal Police spokeswoman Raquel Victor. Albuquerque also received a 94-year sentence. The accountant’s sentence could not be learned, but four import agents who worked with Daslu received shorter prison terms, according to Tranchesi’s lawyer, Joyce Roysen.

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