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Supermodel Bar Refaeli has been arrested in Israel for tax evasion, the Jerusalem Post reports. Refaeli was reportedly held for hours by the authorities and questioned about "financial irregularities," like her taxes and properties. Israeli investigators believe the supermodel, and Israeli citizen, is gaming the system by avoiding residency status so she would not have to report the income she's made outside of the country, thus lowering her taxes. However, authorities believe she has been residing in Israel, but in houses registered to both her brother and mother, who is also being investigated.
Authorities are also looking into "celebrity perks" that Refaeli allegedly received, which were valued at $257,000, according to Cosmopolitan. Authorities want to know why Refaeli didn't report perks like exemption from rental fees, interior design services, and a free car, which she reportedly received in exchange for press.
Refaeli claims that she thought she was categorized as an expatriate, and therefore had to pay less in taxes. The supermodel was released from jail after her roughly $20,000 bail was posted.
Cosmopolitan also notes that Refaeli recently married an Israeli billionaire, which makes you wonder why she would be dodgy about some higher taxes.