Supermodel sentenced to 9 months of community jail by court

Tel Aviv: Supermodel Bar Rafaeli was sentenced to nine months of community service by an Israeli Court on Sunday. Her mother received 16 months of jail time for tax evasion.

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The 35-year-old model and her mother were convicted in July on offenses of evading paying taxes on income nearing $10 million.

Rafaeli was potted at the Tel Aviv courthouse in a beige T-shirt and wearing a light blue surgical face mask. She was accompanied by her father, Raffi, her mother, Zipi, and lawyers.

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Rafaeli and her mother were also ordered to pay a $1.5 million additionally to the millions of back taxes owed to the state.

The prolonged case has considerably damaged Rafaeli’s well-crafted public image as the informal ambassador of the country. The parents have been accused of downplaying her ties with Israel.

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The model though still remains a popular face on TV in the country with her faces dominating billboards across the country. She even hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

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