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  • Tax crime investigation results January to June 2018

    Tax crime investigation results January to June 2018

    Result

    Details

    State

    Three months jail - two year good behaviour bond

    Kaine, 59, from Tasmania, lodged false business activity statements and obtained GST credits to which he was not entitled. He was found guilty and sentenced in December 2017 to three month's jail and released immediately on a two year good behaviour bond with a recognisance of $2,000.

    TAS

    18 months jail - non-parole period of four months

    Alahakone, 49, from St Lucia in Queensland, was found guilty of one charge of dishonestly intending to cause a loss to the Commonwealth. He had purchased a Lamborghini Aventador and claimed it as trading stock through his company, avoiding the requirement to pay luxury car tax. A reparation order of $169,424.19 was made by the court.

    QLD

    60 months jail - non-parole period of 27 months

    Weightman, 60, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, was found guilty of 25 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage from the Commonwealth of Australia by lodging business activity statements for his cleaning company partnership, containing false information.

    WA

    Five years jail - non-parole period of three years

    Sanders, 75, from Queensland, was found guilty of 29 charges relating to obtaining a financial advantage by deception using a forged document. He had lodged monthly business activity statements claiming GST refunds he was not entitled to and provided forged documents during audit.

    QLD

    84 months jail - non-parole period of 45 months

    Harty, 55, from Victoria, was found guilty on 12 charges. Reparation orders of $875,160 and $34,777 were issued to Key Vision Holdings. His Honour discussed how offending of this kind was difficult to detect, as it was sophisticated and well planned. His Honour also mentioned that Harty's gambling addiction explained but did not excuse the offending.

    VIC

    12 months jail - release on good behaviour bond for 12 months

    Ter Horst, 52, from Nairne in South Australia, operated a Jims Computer franchise business. He was found guilty of 12 charges for submitting false business activity statements and obtaining refunds he was not entitled to. A reparation order of $34,249 was issued by the court.

    SA

    Five years jail - non-parole period of three years

    Hogg, 57, a tax agent from Mentone in Victoria, was found guilty on three charges of offering his clients 'options' for tax planning and lodging false returns. Hogg not only defrauded the Commonwealth but also his clients. The court made compensation orders to his clients.

    VIC

    18 months and nine months jail (two charges) to be served by way of intensive correction order

    Derbasi, 27, from Annandale in New South Wales, was the sole director, secretary and shareholder of Mediterranean Resource Expeditions. He was found guilty on two charges of lodging false business activity statements.

    NSW

    12 months jail

    Costa, 62, from Rosewood in Queensland, was found guilty of dealing in proceeds of crime, having lodged seven false business activity statements and receiving GST refunds he was not entitled to for his entities Global Leap Pty Ltd and Richard Costa. He was given a head sentence of 12 months imprisonment for attempting to claim GST refunds he was not entitled to and providing false information during the audit.

    QLD

    Three years jail - non-parole period of 27 months

    Saoud, 37, from Batman in Victoria, was found guilty of having dishonestly caused a loss to the Commonwealth, namely the non-payment of excise duty relating to tobacco crops in Tarneit and Mount Cottrell.

    VIC

    Three years jail - non-parole period of 27 months

    Fernandez, 41, from Hadfield in Victoria, was found guilty of having dishonestly caused a loss to the Commonwealth, namely the non-payment of excise duty relating to tobacco crops in Coolaroo and Tarneit.

    VIC

    12 months jail - released on a recognisance of two years and a bond of $2,000

    McNeill, 42, from Nerang in Queensland, was found guilty of two charges for lodging tax returns containing false information, for a deregistered tax agent. The refunds were proceeds of crime and proceeds passed through McNeill's bank account.

    QLD

    Seven and-a-half years jail - non-parole period of three years

    Yarlagadda, 28, from East Brisbane in Queensland, was found guilty on eight charges. Yarlagadda lodged false business activity statements to obtain refunds she was not entitled to and was also on Commonwealth charges for identity theft. It was noted the offending was sophisticated and deliberate and was conducted over a long period of time.

    QLD

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    Last modified: 25 Feb 2019QC 58064