05/29/2013 11:46 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Milan prosecutor seeks jail time for designers Dolce and Gabbana in tax case

MILAN - A Milan prosecutor is seeking a 2 year and six month sentence against the designing duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for failing to declare 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in income to tax authorities.

Prosecutor Gaetano Ruta told a court during closing arguments Wednesday that the pair had evaded taxes on 416 million euros each and 200 million through a Luxembourg-based company.

The statute of limitations has run out on another charge of misrepresenting income.

A judge two years ago threw out a tax evasion and fraud case against the pair, whose label Dolce&Gabbana is a mainstay of Milan fashion. But Italy's high court, ruling on prosecutor's objections, later said the pair could be prosecuted for tax evasion, though not for fraud.