REAL estate developer Rajinder Singh Mann of Surrey, British Columbia, was sentenced to a conditional sentence order of two years less a day, which includes nine months house arrest and 150 hours of community service, Canada Revenue Agency announced on Monday.
He was also given two years to pay the total fine of $462,092, representing 100% of the goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax (GST / HST) that he evaded. Mann pleaded guilty on January 29 in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, to seven counts of GST / HST fraud under the Excise Tax Act.
Mann is the sole director and shareholder of Millenium Century Investments Ltd. (“Millenium”), a real estate development company. A CRA investigation determined that Mann contravened the Excise Tax Act by failing to report and remit the GST / HST collected from the sale of 44 units in a Maple Ridge townhouse complex, built by Millenium. All 44 units were sold between May 2010 and October 2011.
All case-specific information above was obtained from the court records.