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Home detention for Auckland tax fraudster


An Auckland woman, who operated Subway outlets in Taihape and Waiouru, has been sentenced to home detention and community work on tax fraud charges.

Uma Manohari Bhavanam was sentenced in the Auckland District court on January 21 on a total of 51 charges of aiding and abetting three companies she had half shares in to provide false information on GST and income tax returns.

She was sentenced to 5 months home detention and 80 hours community work.

As well as the Subway franchises, Bhavanam also had interests in Hatch Baby Store in Mission Bay, Auckland.

She admitted in 2016 that a number of GST returns were incorrect with sales not included or expenses inflated. Investigations found she had evaded $195,418 in GST and Income tax.

Last updated: 16 Feb 2022
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