Home Detention for $40k of GST Fraud

September 18, 2015 New Zealand Taxation

Home detention has been passed as a sentence to a man who falsely used another person IRD details to claim over NZD 40 thousand in GST refunds.

On September 16th the Inland Revenue Department issued a statement saying that a former Kaitaia man has been sentenced to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay reparations of NZD 26 980 for obtaining false GST refunds worth a total of NZD 43 075.

Over the course of two years, Bruce William Pawson used the login details of his ex-de facto partner to claim false GST returns, while forging documentation to support these fake claims.

The false claims were all related to an alleged business which was involved in stud cattle breeding.

Commenting on the sentencing, the Inland Revenue’s Group Manager Investigations and Advice Patrick Goggin said that the case illustrates the importance of securing your personal data to prevent it being misused by others.

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