Former tax collector fined $120,000

Woman also receives two-year sentence
||Last Updated: 12/20/2007

A former employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was fined $119,877 (to be paid over 10 years in $300 monthly payments) after being found guilty of criminal fraud, breach of trust and tax evasion in a Manitoba court.

Michelle Mariano, 27, was also given a two-year conditional sentence.

The CRA determined, between 2002 and 2005, the former Winnipeg Tax Centre employee altered information on individuals’ personal income-tax returns to generate more than $130,000 in false refunds.

According to the

Winnipeg Free Press

, Mariano covered up her activities by altering the mailing addresses of individuals so they wouldn’t receive the adjustment refund statement and later re-instating the correct addresses. The paper also said she had gambling problems and falsely adjusted her own return to generate a higher refund by inflating tax credits she was owed and understating income.

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