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  • Tax crime investigation results - June to December 2016

    Tax crime investigations - June to December 2016

    Result

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    State

    Seven and a half years jail

    Hurst, from Brisbane, was sentenced to seven and a half years jail after being convicted of 101 offences pertaining to the lodgment of false GST claims in the amount of $1.58 million. Reparations for $1.58 million were also ordered.

    QLD

    Four years jail

    Prasad, from Adelaide, was sentenced to more than four years jail for GST-related tax crime and immigration offences. Reparations of $65,394 were ordered in favour of the ATO for the outstanding GST monies.

    SA

    75 fraud charges

    A former Adelaide company director was charged with $3.8 million of fraud in relation to false fuel rebate claims.

    SA

    Three years jail

    Bishop, from Brisbane, was sentenced to three years jail and ordered to repay $132,552 that was allegedly claimed via false business activity statements (BAS).

    QLD

    123,000 tobacco plants seized

    Investigators executed a warrant in Victoria, seizing an estimated 123,000 illegally grown tobacco plants with a potential excise value of more than $10 million.

    VIC

    63 fraud charges

    A Perth accountant pleaded guilty to 63 charges of fraud relating to the lodgment of 112 tax returns containing false information, and dishonestly obtaining $1.79 million.

    WA

    Two years jail

    Thavapitak, from Victoria, was sentenced to two years jail following his part in a refund fraud, obtaining $1.335 million in refunds.

    NSW

    Two and a half years jail

    Quattrocchi, from Victoria, was sentenced to two and a half years jail for obtaining a financial advantage of $392,000 by deception. Reparations for $227,000 were also ordered. Garasi was sentenced to 16 months jail for her involvement in the GST fraud.

    VIC

    Three years jail

    Nine individuals –Miles, Potts, Craig, Stewart, Thorn, Burge, Edney, Hackett and Thorn – have been sentenced as a result of an investigation into prisoner refund fraud. Various sentences were imposed on the individuals. In one case, the offender received a sentence of three years.

    NSW

    18 months jail

    Spiegel, from Perth, was sentenced to 18 months jail for dealing in the proceeds of crime which involved $161,000 dishonestly obtained from tax refunds. This was the result of a joint investigation between Western Australian police and ATO investigators.

    A second man was subsequently sentenced to imprisonment for the same offence.

    WA

    18 months jail

    Gaskin, from Perth, was sentenced to 18 months jail for lodging false GST claims and fake supporting documents to the ATO in an attempt to scam an $18,000 tax refund.

    WA

    Warrant executed

    Investigators and the Australia Federal Police executed a search warrant in Adelaide relating to the lodgment of five BAS and attempting to obtain $1.4 million in false GST and wine equalisation tax (WET) refunds, prior to refunds being paid.

    SA

    Six months jail

    Dattilo, from Victoria, was sentenced to six months jail (released immediately) and a good behaviour bond for two years for his involvement in the lodgment of false BAS, obtaining refunds totalling $95,000 and attempting to obtain a further $82,500.

    VIC

    Six warrants executed

    Investigators executed six search warrants on the Gold Coast and in Victoria in respect to Crimes (Taxation Offences) Act 1980 offences pertaining to superannuation and alleged phoenix offences.

    QLD and VIC

    Three months jail

    Sharratt, from Western Australia, was sentenced to three months imprisonment for the general dishonesty offence of influencing a Commonwealth public official by providing a false document to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to an appeal against an ATO decision.

    WA

    Seizure of illegal stills

    Investigators, with the assistance of Queensland police, executed warrants at separate premises in Queensland seizing two illegal stills, items/materials used in the distillation of spirits and illegally manufactured spirits.

    QLD

    114,000 illegal tobacco plants seized

    Investigators executed warrants in New South Wales seizing an estimated 114,000 illegally grown tobacco plants with a potential excise value of more than $8.7 million.

    NSW

    Arrest

    A former Gold Coast tax agent was arrested having departed Australia in 2008. She is awaiting trial for lodging false income tax returns under a long-standing operation, which has already resulted in the conviction of three others.

    QLD

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    Last modified: 25 Feb 2019QC 58060