Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Can you really trust your friendly Canada Revenue officer?

Ex-CRA worker sentenced for falsifying tax returns

Updated Wed. Jan. 16 2008 11:46 AM ET

toronto.ctv.ca

A former Canada Revenue Agency employee has received a 12-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to nine counts of using confidential taxpayer information to create false statements on income tax returns.

Toronto resident Julien Vincent Raymond also pleaded guilty to eight counts of income tax evasion on Sept. 19, 2007.

The first three months of his sentence will be served under house arrest. He was also fined $8,015, which is the total amount of federal tax he tried to evade, according to a news release put out by the CRA.

Raymond was an employee of the agency when the offences took place between January 1999 and July 2001.

"(Raymond) knowingly used confidential taxpayer information for the purpose of making false statements in the income tax returns filed on behalf of three individuals," the release said.

"Mr. Raymond unlawfully claimed credits based on the purported married status of these individuals. This fraudulent action resulted in the evasion of federal income taxes."

The CRA continued to say the agency has a system in place to ensure employees are accountable and that their conduct is held to strict standards. A breach of company policy can result in employment termination.


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