Prosecutor Approves Bar Refaeli Plea Deal to Do Community Service for Tax Evasion

A draft agreement would have the model’s mother, Tzipi Refaeli serve a year and 4 months in prison

Efrat Neuman
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Efrat Neuman

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli would serve nine months of community service for tax evasion and false tax reporting if a draft plea agreement between her family and the prosecutor’s office is approved. As far as is known, the proposed plea arrangement also calls for the model’s mother, Tzipi Refaeli, to serve a prison sentence of a year and four months in the case.

Bar Refaeli and her mother are suspected of providing false information to a tax assessor and of concealing information about her ties to Israel during a period in which there was an issue as to whether she was a resident of Israel. The model, her mother and her father, Rafi, were informed about a year ago by the prosector’s office that it was considering criminal charges against them, subject to a prior hearing, in connection with the alleged evasion of taxes on about 30 million shekels ($8.8 million) in income. No charges have been filed in the case.

In addition, Refaeli’s parents are suspected of money laundering, having allegedly declared that they were the beneficiaries of accounts whose actual beneficiary was their daughter, Bar.

The plea bargain, now in advanced stages of negotiation, includes a settlement with Bar Refaeli of all civil claims and would have her pay an outstanding tax assessment as well as a 5 million shekel fine. One civil claim involves whether the center of her life was in Israel during a period when she was in a relationship with film star Leonardo DiCaprio. She was required to pay 8 million shekels last April for her 2009-2010 income as a resident of Israel. Another proceeding, relating to her 2011 income, is still undecided.

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