Saint-Hyacinthe resident fined more than $39,000 for tax fraud

    SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Francis Patry, a resident of
Saint-Hyacinthe, pleaded guilty today before the Court of Quebec to tax fraud.
He was fined $39,177, which represents almost 50% of the federal tax he tried
to evade.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) investigation showed that, for the 2003
taxation year, Francis Patry tried to evade paying federal taxes by claiming a
refund of $78,355 on his tax return to which he was not entitled.
    The CRA prosecutes tax evaders to maintain public confidence in the
integrity of the tax system. Canadians have to trust that our self-assessment
system is working and that it is fair.
    Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have
not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax
affairs. They will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a full
disclosure before the CRA takes any action or starts an investigation
concerning them. These individuals will only have to pay the taxes owing, plus
interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program can be found
on the CRA Web site at

    The information in this news release was obtained from the Court's

    Further information on convictions can be found in the Media Room on the
CRA Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Christiane Joachim, Communications Manager,
(514) 283-2464, ext. 8288, Toll-free: 1-800-292-3430, ext. 8288

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