Over $1.8 Million In Fines For Tax Evasion
On December 6, 2011 in Mississauga, Alexandre Ber and Mahadai (Sunita) Mohabir received fines totalling $1,821,223 related to 22 charges for tax evasion.
Ber was fined $923,420 and Mohabir was fined $897,803 after each pleaded guilty to numerous charges for evading compliance with the Retail Sales Tax Act as officials of four companies:
- 1366707 Ontario Limited, operating as Daewoo Dixie 401 Used
- Canada Wide Auto Leasing Inc.
- 2045205 Ontario Inc., which operated as a car dealership in Oakville
- 2031077 Ontario Inc., which operated as a car dealership in Pickering
In addition to the above fines, Ber and Mohabir must also pay a $230,855 and $224,450 surcharge, respectively, to the Victims' Justice Fund.
The four corporations received suspended sentences on 17 charges of tax evasion. Only one of the corporations, Canada Wide, remains in operation. The other three corporations ceased operation prior to the conviction date.
- In addition to court-imposed fines and surcharges, businesses convicted of tax offences must repay any taxes owing plus civil negligence penalties and interest, if any.
- Under the Ministry of Finance's voluntary disclosure program, corporations and individuals may come forward and voluntarily report past violations of provincial tax laws and pay any amounts owing.