MONTRÉAL, Dec. 24, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that Robert Kalfayan is appearing today at the Montréal courthouse in connection with charges of fraud and tax evasion laid on December 4, 2019. Mr. Kalfayan was arrested on December 23, 2019, at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport upon his return to Canada where he faces one count of fraud under the Criminal Code and tax evasion charges in relation to various criminal offences under the Income Tax Act. The arrest was made by the Canada Border Services Agency in cooperation with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The CRA's investigation revealed that Robert Kalfayan used a complex and fraudulent scheme to shield his luxurious Laval residence from CRA collection measures. Among other things, he allegedly used one of his foreign incorporated companies and a nominee to register a fictitious mortgage on his residence.
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SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
For further information: Frédérick Fink, Canada Revenue Agency, 514-283-2628