Bar Refaeli Gets Community Service in Tax Evasion Case

Bar Refaeli has signed a plea deal in her tax evasion case in Israel to complete nine months of community service.

The model and her mother, Tzipi Refaeli, signed the deal on Tuesday in the case, which alleged they hid tens of millions of shekels in earnings from Israeli tax authorities between 2009 and 2012, according to the Times of Israel.

Refaeli’s mother will serve 16 months in prison and the two will have to pay a fine of roughly $720,000 as well as roughly $2.3 million in back taxes.

Prosecutors in the case alleged that Refaeli lied about living abroad during the time and didn’t report her earnings to the Israeli government. Refaeli refuted those allegations, stating that at the time she was living in the U.S. with then-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio.

Refaeli’s mother, who also worked as her agent, was charged with failure to report income, avoiding tax payments and aiding someone else in tax evasion. Court filings indicate she signed leases for her daughter under the name of other family members to falsify Refaeli’s residency status.

The model was previously arrested in Israel for failing to report income earned abroad and goods received through endorsement deals in 2015, but was released on bail of $193,000.

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