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False GST returns lead to home detention


A Wellington businessman has been sentenced to home detention for filing false GST returns, claiming nearly $170,00 he wasn’t entitled to.

Raymond John Lock appeared in the Wellington District Court on February 16 and was sentenced to eight months home detention and ordered to pay $10,000 in reparation at $70 per week.

Lock has also been ordered to attend any programme for his gambling problem, as directed by the Probation Service.

Raymond John Lock has been the sole director of the Lock Family Ltd (LFL) since 2003 and faced 1 representative charge that he knowingly providing altered, false, incomplete or misleading GST returns in order to get GST refunds he was not entitled to.

Lock filed 15 GST returns with deliberately inflated income and expense amounts. They were clearly false and had been filed in order to get GST refunds that he knew he wasn’t entitled to.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2022
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