Supermodel Bar Refaeli Investigated for Tax Evasion in Israel, Allegedly Failed to Report Luxury Gifts
Israeli authorities claim Bar Refaeli put Tel Aviv apartments in her mother's name to get out of paying taxes
Israeli authorities are investigating supermodel Bar Refaeli for tax evasion, according to multiple reports.
Tax officials in the country claim the Sports Illustrated model failed to report “celebrity benefits” including free luxury cars and didn’t pay taxes on her Tel Aviv apartment, NBC News reports.
However, Refaeli’s lawyers told NBC that the investigation is the result of a lengthy dispute with Israeli authorities over whether Refaeli should be considered an Israel resident for tax purposes.
She and her mother were briefly detained on Thursday, ABC News, reports.
Israeli authorities allege Refaeli lied about living outside of Israel and put Tel Aviv apartments in her mother’s name in an attempt to get out of paying taxes on her international earnings, ABC reports.
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On Wednesday, investigators questioned Refaeli and her mother for several hours and confiscated their passports, with a Tel Aviv court requiring Refaeli to post $65,000 bail before traveling overseas, ABC News reports.
Additionally, the two have been barred from traveling abroad for six months without permission from Israeli authorities.
“There is no drama. In the end, this is just a civil dispute,” Giora Aderet said. “No one cheated anyone else. It will all clear up soon.”
A rep for Refaeli did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.