Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

December 22, 2008 15:53 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Former Scarborough Grocer Fined for GST Fraud

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2008) - Abdolamir Kardan, of Toronto, pleaded guilty in Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on December 19, 2008, to one count of GST fraud. He was fined $37,310. The fine is in addition to any GST and interest owed, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Kardan owned and operated 1300071 Ontario Inc., a grocery store in Scarborough known as Iranian Taavoni, from 1998 to 2003. The grocery store stopped operating in September 2003. However, Kardan continued to file GST returns from October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2005. During this period, Kardan fraudulently obtained $74,620 in GST refunds to which he was not entitled.

Taxpayers who claim false expenses, credits or rebates from the government are subject to serious consequences. They are liable not only for corrections to their tax returns and payment of the full amount of tax owing, but also to penalties and interest. In addition, if convicted of tax evasion, the court may fine them up to 200% of the tax evaded and sentence them for up to a five-year jail term.

When individuals or corporations are convicted of GST offences, in addition to court fines, they must repay any amounts falsely obtained, plus interest and any civil penalties that the CRA assesses.

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/convictions

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Peter Delis
    Manager, Communications
    416-512-4135