Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

October 20, 2014 14:08 ET

Fraudulent Tax Returns Net Four 100 Months Jail Time

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 20, 2014) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on October 16, 2014, Marian Dolinski, Adam Dawid Dolinski and Janina Dolinska, of Ottawa, Ontario, (the Dolinskis) were sentenced in the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa, to a total of 100 months in jail and a total fine of $286,494. On October 3, 2014, all three individuals were found guilty, in the same court, of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government of an amount greater than $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of making or participating in the making of false statements in the income tax returns of individuals to obtain or claim unwarranted tax credits under the Income Tax Act. The three individuals were sentenced as follows:

  • Marian Dolinski - 30 months jail time on each count, to be served concurrently and fined $223,079

  • Adam Dolinski - 20 months jail time on each count, to be served concurrently and fined $44,255, and

  • Janina Dolinska - 6 months conditional sentence on each count, to be served concurrently and fined $19,160.

On May 16, 2014, Marian Skorupski, also related to this case, pleaded guilty, in the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government under the Criminal Code of Canada and was sentenced to an 18 month conditional sentence, which included six months house arrest.

A CRA investigation revealed that between 1996 and 2005, Marian Dolinski prepared 299 false personal income tax returns attempting to receive or receiving unwarranted tax credits totaling $223,079. The Dolinskis and Marian Skorupski obtained the personal information of 62 individuals, mostly newcomers to Canada, by offering them immigration services; including assistance with the completion of Social Insurance Number applications. The personal income tax returns were filed without the newcomers' knowledge. As a result of their actions $118,779 of the unwarranted GST refunds, Ontario Tax Credits and Home Heating Credits were directed to the Dolinskis' personal addresses and bank accounts.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

"The Canada Revenue Agency pursues those who commit fraud to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system," said Vince Pranjivan, Assistant Commissioner of the Ontario Region. "Canadians have to trust that our self-assessment system is working and that it is fair."

If you have ever made a tax mistake or omission, the CRA is offering you a second chance to make things right through its Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP). If you make a valid disclosure before you become aware that the CRA is taking action against you, you may only have to pay the taxes owing plus interest. More information on the VDP can be found on the CRA's website at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • Sam Papadopoulos
    Manager, Communications
    (416) 952-8096