THE Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced Tuesday that on November 24, Harinarain Mathur of Brampton, Ontario, was sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton to a jail term of 12 months. On January 10, 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.