Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

February 29, 2012 10:24 ET

Tax Preparer Jailed for Tax Fraud

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2012) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on February 24, 2012, S J Oton, also known as Saturday J Oton, was sentenced to six months jail, and one year probation. Oton was found guilty by a jury in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on December 12, 2011, on one count of fraud over $5,000.

A CRA investigation revealed that during the period of January 1, 2005 to June 27, 2007, Oton, operating as Oton's Tax Consultant & Bookkeeping Service, committed fraud by filing false tax returns, false donations receipts, and false T4 information slips on behalf of his clients, resulting in $129,381.40 in fraudulent refunds.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

Taxpayers who claim false expenses, credits or rebates from the government are subject to serious consequences. They are liable not only for corrections to their tax returns and payment of the full amount of tax owing, but also to penalties and interest. In addition, if convicted of tax evasion, the court may fine them up to 200% of the tax evaded and sentence them for up to a five-year jail term.

Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) against them. These individuals may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (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

  • For media information:
    Peter Delis
    Manager, Communications
    416-952-8044