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The Darker Side Of CRA.
“TORONTO, ON – A Canada Revenue Agency worker used internal government records to prepare tax returns for 39 dead people to earn herself $85,000.
Erica Ford of Scarborough pleaded guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto.
She was fined $20,000, which was paid immediately, and given a conditional sentence that includes 12 months house arrest. Ford was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
Ford was employed with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a telephone agent from May 2000 to December 2008.
In this position, she accessed individual taxpayer accounts maintained by the CRA. Ford used the personal information of 57 taxpayers, including 39 deceased taxpayers, to prepare and file 178 personal income tax returns, CRA said.
“The assessment of these tax returns resulted in the CRA issuing GST credits and provincial tax credits totaling $85,654 to which Ford was not entitled, and which were deposited to bank accounts under her control.”
“The CRA takes its obligation to protect taxpayer information seriously and is committed to complying with the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that go.”
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