Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

September 01, 2010 16:57 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Fraud Conviction Nets $20,000 Fine and House Arrest

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - On September 1, 2010, Erica Forde, of Scarborough, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto. She was fined $20,000, which was paid immediately, and given a conditional sentence that includes 12 months house arrest. Forde was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Forde was employed with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a telephone agent from May 2000 to December 2008. In this position, she accessed individual taxpayer accounts maintained by the CRA. Forde used the personal information of 57 taxpayers, including 39 deceased taxpayers, to prepare and file 178 personal income tax returns. The assessment of these tax returns resulted in the CRA issuing GST credits and provincial tax credits totalling $85,654 to which Forde was not entitled, and which were deposited to bank accounts under her control.

The CRA takes its obligation to protect taxpayer information seriously, and is committed to complying with the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the work done by its employees. The CRA has monitoring 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 Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • For media information: Canada Revenue Agency
    Nona Larrett
    Manager, Communications
    (416) 952-7848
    www.cra.gc.ca