TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 30, 2014) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Jeffrey Granger was sentenced on January 29, 2014, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, to three years in jail. Granger pleaded guilty on November 28, 2013, to fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and accepting secret commissions, for a total of three counts under the Criminal Code of Canada. Granger was sentenced to three years in jail for each count, to be served concurrently.
An investigation revealed that Mr. Granger, while employed as an audit team leader by the CRA, attempted to influence the outcome of CRA audits for various land development and construction companies. Granger received, through corporations he controlled, a total of $1,109,518 in secret commissions. Furthermore, Granger failed to report on his personal and corporate tax returns, the secret commissions received, thereby defrauding the Government of Canada of $630,546 in unpaid income tax and GST/HST.
The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.
"The CRA has strong internal systems to safeguard data and identify improper access and we work with all of our employees and their unions to ensure that every worker shares these values. Canadians can feel confident in the protection of their information and in the fairness of the tax regime. Isolated incidents that may involve a single employee are certainly not representative of the honesty and integrity of the CRA and its employees," said Vince Pranjivan, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Ontario Region, CRA.
Further information on convictions can also be found in the Newsroom on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.