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Blue Jean Makers Sentenced to House Detention for Import Fraud

May 19, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two brothers who co-founded the Gitano clothing company were sentenced to six months of house detention after pleading guilty to falsely labeling garments to avoid import quotas.

Haim and Issac Dabah also were ordered Wednesday to perform 300 hours of community service and fined $20,000 each.

Prosecutors said the company labeled garments that were made in Malaysia and China as ″Made in Maldives.″ There were no quotas on imports from the Maldive Islands.

The Dabahs begged U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson not to send them to jail as family members wept in the courtroom.

″We lost everything we had because of this crime,″ said Isaac, 36. ″If you put us in jail, your honor, I don’t think I can go on with anything. All I ask is that you give me a second chance to rebuild my life.″

″My dad, oh God, please spare him this suffering,″ sobbed Haim, 42.

The Gitano Group Inc. had sales of $800 million a year before going bankrupt this year.

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