Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

January 16, 2008 10:06 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Former CRA Employee Jailed for Inappropriate Use of Taxpayer Information and Tax Evasion

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2008) - Julien Vincent Raymond, of Toronto, pleaded guilty on September 19, 2007, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto to nine counts relating to the use of confidential taxpayer information for purposes other than that which it was intended, and eight counts of income tax evasion. On January 15, 2008, Mr. Raymond received a twelve-month conditional sentence; the first three months will be subject to house arrest. He was also fined $8,015.

Mr. Raymond, who was an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at the time the offences took place (January 1999 to July 2001), knowingly used confidential taxpayer information for the purpose of making false statements in the income tax returns filed on behalf of three individuals. 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 $8,015 fine represents 100% of the federal tax he attempted to evade.

The CRA takes its obligation to protect taxpayer information very seriously, and is committed to complying with the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the work done by its employees. The CRA has mechanisms in place to ensure that employees are held accountable for their work, and it has strict standards of conduct. Any breach of these rules may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment as well as criminal investigation and referral for prosecution by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.

Further information on convictions can also be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/newsroom/convictions.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Sara Monture
    Communications Manager
    905-615-2838