Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

March 09, 2016 14:59 ET

Tax Preparer Sentenced to House Arrest and Fine for Fraud

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 9, 2016) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on March 7, 2016, Attilio Ciurcovich of St. Catharines, Ontario was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in St. Catharines to six months of house arrest and a court fine of $111,280. Mr. Ciurcovich pleaded guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000 under the Criminal Code. In addition to the court-imposed fine, he must pay the outstanding amount of tax owing, plus interest and any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

A CRA investigation revealed that Mr. Ciurcovich, while operating a tax preparation business, received income from 2006 to 2009 totalling $524,404 that he failed to report on his own personal income tax returns, thereby defrauding the Canadian government of $111,280 in federal tax.

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.

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