Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

November 25, 2014 15:48 ET

Real Estate Agent Jailed 12 Months for Fraud

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2014) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on November 24, 2014, Harinarain Mathur, of Brampton, Ontario, was sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, to a jail term of 12 months. On January 10, 2014, Mathur pleaded guilty in the same court to one count of fraud over $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.

A CRA investigation revealed that Mathur, a licensed real estate and mortgage agent who operated HR Accounting and Tax Services, prepared false T4 slips and filed 292 fraudulent personal income tax returns for the 2010 and 2011 taxation years. Mathur used social insurance numbers and other personal information obtained through the preparation of numerous mortgage applications to file the fraudulent returns. Mathur filed fraudulent income tax returns with the false T4 slips and fictitious rent receipts. As a result, Mathur was claiming refunds of approximately $1,000 for each of the returns he filed on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers. Mathur also used the address of several mailboxes he rented to collect the refund cheques for himself.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

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