Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

January 12, 2007 13:32 ET

Ottawa Resident Jailed for Tax Evasion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 12, 2007) - Van Hai Le of Ottawa, Ontario, was sentenced today, after pleading guilty to one count of income tax evasion in the Ontario Court of Justice on December 11, 2006. Van Hai Le was sentenced to six months in jail in lieu of a fine of $47,132.

The CRA, as a result of a Joint Forces (CFSEU) operation, determined that Mr. Le profited as a major player in a marijuana grow operation.

The Canada Revenue Agency investigation revealed that Mr. Le did not report on his 2004 personal income tax return approximately $200,000 of earned income. By doing so Mr. Le evaded paying $47,132 in federal taxes. In addition to the jail time, Mr. Le has agreed to repay all taxes owed, including interest and penalties.

When individuals or corporations are convicted of tax evasion, they have to pay the full amount of tax owing, plus interest, and any penalties the CRA assesses. In addition, the court may, on summary conviction, fine them up to 200% of the tax evaded and sentence them to a two-year jail term. Under the Income Tax Act, the CRA may also assess a penalty of up to 50% of the tax evaded or the benefit improperly claimed.

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

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Sam Papadopoulos
    (416) 275-4823
    (416) 973-4163