Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

September 06, 2007 13:22 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: GST Fraud Results in Heavy Fine for a North York Resident

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2007) - Dusan Strineka, of North York, was fined $99,140 September 5, 2007 in Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket after pleading guilty on March 12, 2007, to one count of GST fraud. In addition to the fine, Strineka was ordered to make $90,000 in restitution payments to the Federal Government. He also received a conditional sentence of 18 months.

"Canadians have to be confident that the tax system is fair," said William V. Baker, Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency. "That's why the Agency works to ensure that the vast majority of Canadians who pay their taxes are not penalized by the few who don't."

A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation revealed that Strineka, owner of International Business Systems, a computer sales business, obtained GST refunds by claiming fraudulent input tax credits on GST returns filed for reporting periods from February 1998 to August 2001. He received a total of $189,140 in GST refunds that he was not entitled to. The CRA has not yet recovered the unwarranted refunds.

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
    Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca