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Refaeli sentenced to 9 months community service, mom jailed in lengthy tax case

An Israeli court sentences top model Bar Refaeli to nine months of community service and sentences her mother to 16 months in prison, ending a prolonged tax evasion case that had sullied the image of a once beloved national icon.

Refaeli is accompanied by her father, Raffi, and her mother, Tzipi, and flanked by lawyers. The 35-year-old Refaeli and her mother were convicted in July for offenses of evading paying taxes on income nearing $10 million.

According to a a plea bargain accepted by the court, the two were also each ordered to pay a NIS 2.5 million ($1.5 million) fine on top of millions of back taxes owed to the state. Tzipi Refaeli is set to begin serving her prison sentence next week.

AP

Israeli top model Bar Refaeli, right, and her mother, Zipi Rafaieli wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic as they leave a courtroom in Tel Aviv, Sept. 13, 2020 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Pool)

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