Criminal investigations actions, charges, and convictions

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) advises the media of cases of people, corporations, and trusts convicted in the courts for tax evasion or for failing to file income tax returns when required. The information released to the media is available to the public since it is derived strictly from court records and not from confidential information held by the CRA.

Date Description Province/Territory
2017-06-22 Les Manufacturiers Multiprint Ltd. fined $1 million for tax evasion Quebec
2017-04-19 Calgary man found guilty of fraud and tax evasion for his scheme to steal money from investors Alberta
2017-01-05 Grande Prairie husband and wife tax protesters sentenced for tax evasion Alberta
2017-04-19 Vancouver real estate developer was fined $300,000 for goods and services tax evasion British Columbia
2017-02-28 Paradigm “educator” sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for tax protester scheme British Columbia
2016-11-02 Paradigm “educator” sentenced to 18 months in jail for tax protester scheme British Columbia
2016-08-04 Paradigm founder sentenced to 5.5 years in jail for tax protester scheme British Columbia
2016-06-01 Kelowna resident jailed and fined $12,500 for failure to file tax returns British Columbia
2016-07-14 Coldbrook woman charged with 11 counts of tax evasion and forgery Nova Scotia
2016-06-24 Windsor Junction businessman fined $65,679 for tax evasion Nova Scotia
2017-01-23 Whitby resident jailed and fined for tax evasion Ontario
2016-10-19 Non-payment of tax evasion fine leads to extra jail time for dentist Ontario
2016-07-27 Niagara-on-the-Lake resident fined $168,235 and sent to jail for tax evasion Ontario
2016-06-07 Markham tax preparer sentenced for fraud Ontario
2017-03-08 A Québec City company guilty of tax fraud Quebec
2017-01-11 A prominent heavy machinery manufacturer in the Saguenay region guilty of tax evasion Quebec
2016-11-24 Eighteen-month jail sentence for a Montréal tax protester Quebec
2016-06-01 Former chartered accountant from Carignan and his company convicted of tax evasion Quebec

Why the CRA seeks publicity on criminal investigation cases

The vast majority of Canadians pay their taxes. In fairness to all those law-abiding citizens, the CRA conducts compliance programs to ensure the uniform application of the laws it administers.

The CRA seeks publicity on conviction in the case of tax evasion. It does this to maintain confidence in the integrity of the self-assessment system, and to increase compliance with the law through the deterrent effect of such publicity.

The CRA may also seek publicity at different stages of an investigation, for example when information relating to the laying of criminal charges becomes available to the public through court records, to warn Canadians of potential fraud schemes.

If you have information about a suspected violation of any tax law, please contact the CRA Informant Leads Program.

The Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) promotes compliance with Canada’s tax laws by encouraging taxpayers to come forward to correct inaccurate or incomplete information and/or to disclose information that has not previously been reported to the CRA. Taxpayers may avoid penalties or prosecution if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being taken by the CRA against them. These taxpayers will have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest.

For more information about the Criminal Investigations Program, go to The CRA's Criminal Investigations Program.

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