The State Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday announced it had decided to file an indictment—subject to a hearing—against the model Bar Refaeli and her parents for a series of offenses. Rafaeli will be charged with tax evasion and perjury.
Refaeli’s parents are also expected to be indicted for money laundering, concealing income worth 6 million shekels ($1.6 million).
According to the prosecution, in the years 2006-2007, Bar Refaeli submitted reports to the tax assessor claiming she did not reside in Israel, and concealed income from her work abroad. At the same time, Refaeli showed the IRS documents claiming she did not reside in the US but in Israel.
In 2009, Refaeli signed a settlement agreement with the Israeli Income Tax Authority, according to which the supermodel would pay taxes on her entire revenues in Israel and worldwide produced in 2005-2007. Nut while agreeing to this deal, Bar and her mother concealed income totaling 6 million shekels ($1.6 million), according to the State Attorney’s Office.
Subsequently, according to suspicions, Rafaeli established companies abroad and opened accounts around the world where her considerable revenues were channeled.
According to law enforcement in Israel, Refaeli concealed a total of 23 million shekel ($6.15 million). Among other things, Refaeli rented and purchased apartments in Israel and hid her name from the records while making false representations to the authorities.
Tzipi Refaeli is suspected of failing to report bartered transactions in return for PR activities generated of millions of shekels, in return for rent payments, purchase of an apartment, and the use of luxury cars.