MONTREAL, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Guy Marc-Aurèle, administrator of Les entreprises Duroc Inc., pleaded guilty today to tax evasion charges before the Court of Quebec in Montréal. He was fined $366,154 which represents 100% of the federal income tax he tried to evade.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation showed that, for the 2004 to 2006 tax years, Guy Marc-Aurèle used various schemes in order to evade corporate income tax for Les entreprises Duroc Inc. Until 2006 the company owned Vincent Massey Place, a large office tower located in Gatineau and claimed in its income tax returns $408,788 in false maintenance expenses for the building, as well as $30,652 in false rental car expenses. Evidence showed that the vehicle, a Mercedes was being used for personal purposes by Vito Rizzuto.
The investigation also revealed that Guy Marc-Aurèle was involved in a complex scheme relating to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, in order to prevent the CRA from collecting a debt of $267,669 in corporate income tax. A number of measures were taken in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of a creditors' meeting vote, such as overstating certain debts and vote-buying. The CRA was one of the largest of unsecured creditors.
The CRA investigation was launched following information gathered as part of the Colisée Project, specifically recordings of conversations intercepted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police involving Marc-Aurèle.
Canadian taxpayers must have confidence in the fairness of the tax system. To maintain that confidence, the CRA is determined to hold tax evaders accountable for their actions.
The information in this news release was obtained from the Court records.
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