Revenue Canada Corrupt

September 28, 2013 by  

Revenue Canada Corrupt, The Canada Revenue Agency issued a rebate cheque for nearly $400,000 to a top Quebec Mafia figure even though he owed the tax department $1.5 million at the time, heightening concerns of possible infiltration of the agency by organized crime.

Details about the payment to former Sicilian mob boss Nicolo Rizzuto were unearthed during a three-year investigation by journalists at Radio-Canada, CBC’s French-language sister network, into allegations of corruption at the tax agency’s Montreal office, which the RCMP have been probing since 2008.

The $381,737.46 cheque was made out to “Nick Rizzuto” and addressed to his house on Antoine Berthelet Avenue in north-end Montreal, a street known as “Mafia row” because it was home to several major players in the city’s Sicilian mob.

The cheque is labelled “income tax refund” and is dated Sept. 13, 2007. Rizzuto was in jail then, having been arrested the year prior and charged with extortion, bookmaking and drug smuggling as part of the biggest police crackdown on the Italian Mafia in Canadian history.

Court records show that at the time, he also owed the tax department $1.55 million, which the Canada Revenue Agency tried to collect by getting a tax lien on his home.

Surveillance footage from a massive police anti-Mafia operation in the early 2000s shows mob boss Nicolo Rizzuto stuffing cash he received from a construction entrepreneur into his socks. (Charbonneau Commission)

The veteran CRA auditor who first discovered the anomaly said he can’t understand how a big rebate cheque to someone who had such a huge tax bill – and who was a known Mafia figure – could have gotten past internal controls without inside help.

“That name there was all over the headlines after the arrests. I mean, look, we’re not talking about Joe Blow here,” Jean-Pierre Paquette, who retired from the revenue agency in 2009, told the Radio-Canada investigative program EnquĂȘte.

“There are checks in place. There are approvals that are required during the whole process,” he added. “It’s left me rather perplexed about the validity of that kind of rebate or that kind of move by the agency.”

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