Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

November 29, 2007 16:52 ET

Former CRA Employee Sentenced for Fraud and Breach of Trust

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2007) - Pertab Lall, of Mississauga, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on June 18, 2007, to one count of fraud over $5,000, and one count of breach of trust by a public officer. Today, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

The conviction is the result of a cooperative investigation between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Mr. Lall, who was an employee of the CRA at the time the offences took place (1999-2002), accessed the tax accounts of 17 deceased individuals. The accounts were reactivated for the purpose of filing fraudulent income tax returns and making Canada Child Tax Benefit claims. This resulted in the CRA issuing approximately $150,945 in refunds to post office boxes, and bank accounts through direct deposit, belonging to Mr. Lall.

The CRA takes its obligation to protect taxpayer information very seriously, and is committed to complying with the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the work done by its employees. The CRA has 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-arc.gc.ca/convictions/

Contact Information

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