The court of appeal of Paris condemned on Friday the heiress of the fashion house Nina Ricci to three years of imprisonment and a million euro fine for tax evasion. Arlette Ricci, 76 years old, was accused of having hidden more than 17 million euros in Switzerland.
The septuagenarian is also seen to confiscate two properties. This appeal decision affirms “the decision of guilt,” the first-instance judgment pronounced in 2015, but it alleviates the penalties imposed.
In 2015, she was sentenced to three years in prison of which two suspended, one million euro fine and the confiscation of its properties.
The heiress, who has not attended at his trial for “reasons of health”, was accused of having hidden for more than twenty years in the tax department French a heritage of over 17 million euros, housed in Switzerland.
Considering the prescription, it has been condemned, as in the first instance, to tax evasion for the years 2007 to 2010, money laundering and fraudulent bankruptcy. His tax debt overall, the subject of a litigation still in progress, is evaluated by the tax authorities at approximately ten million euros.
The concealment of the heiress of the famous dressmaker had been spotted on the “listings Falciani” identification of accounts not declared to customers of the subsidiary geneva-based HSBC bank, stolen by an employee of the institution, Hervé Falciani, and transmitted to the French authorities.
Residence in Switzerland
Learning in the summer of 2009 that his name was on these lists, Arlette Ricci had, according to the indictment, chose to “organize his residence in Switzerland” instead of “regularize its situation in France,” as did other taxpayers cited.
The tax lawyer Henri-Nicolas Fleurance, who orchestrated the insolvency of the heir, has also seen its lighter sentence: it is “exclusively sentenced to a fine”, in the amount of 20’000 euros, compared with a year suspended prison sentence with a fine in the first instance.
In this folder, the daughter of Arlette Ricci, Marguerite Vignat, had been sentenced to eight months in prison, with probation in the first instance and did not appeal. (tty/nxp)
Created: 19.05.2017, 11: 33