Richmond resident fined $75,000 for involvement in filing of a false tax return
July 28, 2022
Richmond, British Columbia
Canada Revenue Agency
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that on July 27, 2022, Tzu Chin Lee, also known as Tzu-Chin Lee, Tzu Lee, Tzu C Lee, Tze Chin Lee and Rooman Lee, of Richmond, British Columbia, pleaded guilty in the Provincial Court of British Columbia to one count of making, or participating in the making of, false or deceptive statements in a tax return under the Income Tax Act. Ms. Lee was also sentenced to a fine of $75,000, for her role in the preparation of Agape Enterprise Corp’s (Agape) 2016 Corporation Income Tax Return.
A CRA investigation revealed that Ms. Lee participated in the operations of Agape. Ms. Lee had instructed an external accountant on the preparation of Agape’s 2016 Corporation Income Tax Return, and was aware that the business’ return overstated the cost of materials acquired between December 2015 and June 2016, by $847,605. These overstated amounts were supported by false commercial invoices and were provided to the external accountant to prepare the return. Ms. Lee was provided the completed return by email, which she arranged to be signed and filed with the CRA.
All case-specific information above was obtained from the court records.
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