A repeat fraudster from Longueuil was sentenced to 42 months (3 and a half years) in prison and fines totaling more than $ 1.1 million for having managed to evade taxes for years thanks to the invention between others with no less than 82 fictitious identities.
The last acts alleged against Kabalu Sita were committed between March 31, 2011 and March 9, 2015. During this period, the Court of Quebec maintains that the 62-year-old man produced no less than 236 false income tax returns for Quebec. , all in the name of 82 fictitious citizens, created from scratch by the accused.
The reimbursement requests made by the fraudster were for QST credits, solidarity credits, childcare and medical expenses, totaling $ 910,000.
No less than 97 tax returns were accepted by the Quebec Revenue Agency before its services carried out the employee ploy. Mr. Sita had already received in the meantime some $ 329,000 in various refunds and credits.
Twenty bank accounts
It appears that the Quebec reimbursements had been paid by checks or by direct deposits into twenty different bank accounts. Of the number, nine belonged to the fraudster or his company Moperso Design. The rest were acquaintances who apparently agreed to receive government checks for him in their account.
Mr. Sita’s fraudulent merry-go-round will have ended on June 6, 2016, with a search carried out by Revenu Québec at his home in the Greenfield Park borough, confirms Revenu Québec spokesperson Martin Croteau.
At the end of his trial, he was convicted last January on seven counts. His sentence was not returned until Wednesday.
Mr. Sita is not the first time in conflict with the law. This would be his third conviction for tax evasion. Between 2000 and 2004, he usurped the identity of 80 people to draw $ 400,000 in various refunds and credits from the Canada Revenue Agency. For these actions, he was sentenced in 2008 to 12 months in prison.