Bar Refaeli’s mother to get jail time under proposed plea deal in tax evasion case


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Bar Refaeli would avoid prison and her mother would be sent to jail under a plea bargain proposal to prosecutors by the Israeli supermodel and her parents over suspected tax evasion and perjury.

Meanwhile, Refaeli on Tuesday gave birth to a son, her third child and first boy.

The deal on her tax evasion would include 18 months in jail for Refaeli’s mother, Tzipi, and community service for the supermodel, Israel’s Channel 13 first reported on Monday.

In April, the Central District Court in Lod ordered Refaeli to pay about $2.25 million in back taxes. She appealed to the Supreme Court.

During the years in question, 2009 and 2010, Refaeli claimed that her main residence was in the United States, where she shared a house with then-boyfriend Leonardo Di Caprio, and therefore she owed less in taxes to Israel.

Tzipi Refaeli also is suspected of failing to report income of nearly $1 million from commissions she received as her daughter’s agent and by making deposits in foreign bank accounts on behalf of her daughter.

In the good news for Bar Refaeli, her new baby — his name has not been announced — joins a family that also includes daughters Liv, born in August 2016, and Elle, born in October 2017. She is married to Israeli businessman Adi Ezra.

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