Friday, May 14, 2010

Supermodel Smuggles iPad

Supermodel Bar Refaeli was caught at Israel's international airport this week trying to bring in her newly purchased iPad without declaring it at customs.

Items brought into Israel worth more than $200 or so... are subject to "duties".

Bar Refaeli told Israel's Channel 10 TV that she had an iPad in a suitcase that was lost in transit. She said she didn't declare the iPad upon entrance to Israel for a brief commercial appearance.

She is now required to pay 650 shekels ($170) in taxes and fines to get it back.

Israel removed its ban on the iPad two weeks ago. The restrictions were initially imposed over concerns the Apple Inc. gadget's wireless signal could disrupt other devices. Refaeli will be fined at least twice the amount of import tax that would have been charged on the iPad.

Refaeli is current negotiating with the tax authority to be given foreign resident status.

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