OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Income tax evasion and fraud are common criminal charges in Canada, and they have been popping up quite a bit on this blog in the last few days.
When I reflect on my career spent defending those charged with white-collar criminal offences, there are a couple of cases that stand out as interesting examples of tax evasion and fraud.
Just last year I served as legal counsel for Karlheinz Schreiber, a German-Canadian businessman who was alleged to have been involved in illegal financial dealings with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Completely separate from the focus of the Oliphant Inquiry were the income tax evasion charges Schreiber was facing in Germany. German prosecutors alleged that Schreiber had evaded paying more than 7.3 million Euros as commission income from arms deals. Schreiber was eventually extradited from Canada to Germany.
Prior to working on the Oliphant Inquiry, I handled a tax evasion case that was prosecuted in Toronto. My client, Eva Hua Chen, was charged income tax evasion. Court heard that the case against Ms. Chen was built around documents that were seized from her home.
I successfully convinced the court that the documents had been obtained without reasonable grounds for searching Ms. Chen’s home. The court excluded all of the evidence and dismissed all of the income tax evasion charges against my client.
Fraud and tax evasion charges in Canada are serious, but with the right criminal defence lawyer, you may have a valid defence that could result in the charges being dismissed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.