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Eliana Maria Tranchesi Piva de Albuquerque (November 24, 1955 - February 24, 2012) was a Brazilian entrepreneur and owner of Daslu, a fashion house, located in São Paulo that specializes in international brands. She brought to Brazilian stores the brands of Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Fendi, Chloe, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent, Goyard, Tom Ford and Tod's.
Daughter of Lucia Piva, co-founder of Daslu, Eliana was married to doctor Bernardino Tranchesi with whom she had three children: Bernardino, Luciana and Marcella Tranchesi. After her mother's death in 2005, Eliana began running the store, eventually leaving the Vila Nova Conceição location and moving to a larger space on the exterior, renamed Villa Daslu.
On July 13, 2005, the Brazilian Attorney General, the IRS and the Federal Police conducted "Operation Narcissus". Eliana was arrested along with her brother Antonio Carlos Piva de Albuquerque and several company officials and importers related to Daslu. However, she was released shortly after testifying.
In April 2008, federal prosecutors asked for Tranchesi's conviction along with six co-conspirators involved in the alleged scheme of fraudulent imports. On March 26, 2009, the Justice Department gave her the maximum sentence of 94.5 years in prison. The other six defendants were also convicted and all were charged with conspiracy, forgery and attempted embezzlement and consummated - lawful to import or export goods without the proper tax payments. On the same day, the businesswoman was arrested by federal police in compliance with the court decision, but one day later, the defense filed and won a habeas corpus for Tranchesi's release.
Illness and death
In 2006, Eliana revealed that she had removed a lung tumor that had metastasized in her spine and was undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions.
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