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Tax evasion leads to home detention sentence

An Auckland woman has been sentenced to ten months home detention on tax evasion charges.

Khloe Leci Tongaonevai was sentenced in the Papakura District court on 24 April on 20 charges including dishonestly using a document to obtain pecuniary advantage, and not filing GST and income tax returns.

Tongaonevai ran a labour hire firm providing workers for fruit and vegetable picking in and around Pukekohe from 2014 to 2020.

Aggravating factors were that Tongaonevai deliberately filed a false GST return and then failed to report or account for GST over a six year period, which resulted in more than a million dollars of unpaid tax ($1,223,495.95).

She was sentenced to ten months home detention and six months post detention conditions.

Last updated: 27 Apr 2023
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