Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

October 30, 2006 14:17 ET

Canada Revenue Agency: Ottawa Resident Fined $10,150 for Tax Evasion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 30, 2006) - Minh Trieu Lam of Ottawa, Ontario, was sentenced October 26, 2006 after pleading guilty to one count of income tax evasion in the Ontario Court of Justice in August, 2006. Mr. Lam was fined $10,150.

The CRA, as a result of a Joint Forces (CFSEU) operation, determined that Mr. Lam used undeclared income to make a down payment on a rental property used to run a marihuana grow operation.

The Canada Revenue Agency investigation revealed that Mr. Lam did not report on his 2003 personal income tax return $61,250 of earned income. By doing so Mr. Lam evaded paying $16,250 in federal taxes. The fine was to be paid from monies seized from Mr. Lam.

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 www.cra.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Sam Papadopoulos
    (613) 598-2492
    (416) 275-4893
    Website: www.cra.gc.ca