Regina man sentenced to seven months in jail for tax evasion

By The IJ Staff | February 04 2019 11:30AM

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Jason Damon Scott (a.k.a Michael Jason Scott) was sentenced on Jan. 30, 2019 in the Regina Provincial Court to a jail term of seven months for tax fraud, announced the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in a Feb. 1 statement.

Scott, age 39, was also fined $41,556 by the court and will have to pay the full amount of tax owing, plus related interest and any penalties assessed by the CRA.

Fraudulent employment information slips

A 15‑month CRA investigation revealed that Scott attempted to obtain refunds by filing income tax returns that contained fraudulent employment information slips. He also filed GST returns using non-existent companies to claim fraudulent GST refunds.

In a statement, the CRA says it pursues tax evaders “to maintain the integrity of our tax system. The CRA investigates suspected cases of tax evasion, fraud, and other serious violations of tax laws and recommends cases to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) for criminal prosecution. In 2017-18 the conviction rate was 95%.”