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Two years' prison for 146 tax offences
15 February 2007

Two years' prison for 146 tax offences

Inland Revenue today welcomed the 25-month prison sentence imposed on a man who cheated on his GST returns to the tune of $250,000 over a four-year period.

Timothy Selwyn, aged 32, of Grey Lynn, Auckland, was sentenced in the Auckland District Court after earlier pleading guilty to 146 charges of using a document with intent to defraud.  The offences took place from late 1996 to early 2000.

The court had earlier heard that Selwyn set up and registered for GST three companies and an incorporated society, to engage in research, education and publishing.  Inland Revenue told the court that Selwyn didn't produce any evidence that the entities ever traded, but they subsequently claimed regular monthly GST refunds, to a total of $246,660.70

After the sentencing, Tracey Lloyd, of Inland Revenue said the prison term reflects the importance the Courts place on the integrity of the system Mr Selwyn set out to deceive.

"It gives a strong message to those who deliberately attempt to defraud the revenue and shows the consequences of being found out.  It also sends a message to people in the community that fraudsters will be caught and the Courts will deal severely with them," said Ms Lloyd, Area Manager Investigations.

ENDS

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Date published: 16 Feb 2007

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