A Calgary man is charged with the alleged operation of an employment scam that involved filing more than 300 phoney tax returns claiming $760,000 in refunds.
Chun Zhu is charged with one count of claiming a false refund, two counts of fraud over $5,000 and two counts of obtaining and using another’s identity to commit an indictable offence, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said in a release Friday.
It alleges Zhu — also known as Ted Zhu — collected the personal information of applicants who responded to fake job postings he created, starting in March 2018.
In February 2019, that information was used to electronically prepare and file 317 personal tax returns that claimed refunds totalling more than $760,000. Zhu sought to have the refunds deposited into bank accounts he controlled, the CRA alleges.
All case-specific information was obtained from court records, the CRA said.
Suspected cases of tax evasion, fraud, and other serious tax law violations investigated by the CRA are referred to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for criminal prosecution. The prosecution branch claimed a 94 per cent conviction rate for tax-related crimes in 2019-20, according to the CRA.
“The CRA remains dedicated to maintaining the integrity of Canada’s tax system, and the social and economic well-being of Canadians during these unprecedented times,” its release states.
“The CRA continues to aggressively pursue tax evasion, and false claims with all the tools available to them.”
Ontario premier returns to Queen's Park to make announcement – CTV Toronto
Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement at Queen’s Park today.
Ford returns today after he had to cancel his attendance at an announcement in Brampton, Ont. last minute on Tuesday due to an “unexpected, but non-COVID-related, non-urgent, medical appointment.”
On Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott led the news conference in Ford’s place, and announced that officials planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario are now speaking directly with the manufacturers of seven different candidate vaccines.
Speaking with reporters after touring a Brampton warehouse belonging to the pharmaceutical distribution company McKesson on Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that efforts are underway to make sure that Ontario will be in a position to distribute vaccines as of Dec. 31.
“We know this is going to be the largest logistical undertaking that we have had in Ontario in a generation,” she said. “We have to get this vaccine to every corner of this province. It is no small feat and we know we cannot do it alone.
Several of the companies, including Pfizer and Moderna Inc., have already applied for emergency use authorization in the United States but they will need to have their vaccines approved by Health Canada before they can be distributed.
British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, marking the world’s first science-backed shot against the disease.
Health Minister Christine Elliott will join the premier for the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
CTV News Toronto will livestream the announcement at 1 p.m.
With files from CTV News Toronto’s Katherine DeClerq
Ontario premier and minister of health to make announcement from Queen's Park – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliott are set to make an announcement from Queen’s Park Wednesday afternoon.
At a press conference on Tuesday Elliott confirmed that the province is speaking directly with the manufacturers of seven different COVID-19 vaccine candidates to ensure that Ontario will be able to distribute vaccines as of Dec. 31.
Elliott said the rollout of the vaccine will be “the largest logistical undertaking” the province has faced “in a generation.”
“As of yesterday we started speaking with vaccine manufacturers, including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Jansen, Moderna, GSK and Sanofi. This is absolutely critical for planning,” Elliott said. “We are also working with distribution experts like McKesson and Shoppers Drug Mart who not only have the warehouse capacity for vaccines like this but also know how to get these vaccines to their networks, including hospitals and other frontline care providers.”
Elliott has previously said that Ontario expects to receive a combined 2.4 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by March, which would be enough to vaccinate 1.2 million Ontarians. But the federal government has not confirmed that number.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did say that the first doses of the vaccines would arrive in Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and that the majority of Canadians would likely be vaccinated by next September.
Trudeau also acknowledged that Canada may ultimately trail behind the U.S. and the United Kingdom in the rollout of vaccines as Health Canada still needs to approve them before they can be distributed.
On Wednesday, British officials were the first worldwide to authorize Pfizer and BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
Pfizer said it will immediately start shipping out the vaccine and the British government said it will start inoculating residents as early as next week.
CP24.com will carry Ford’s announcement live at 1 p.m.
Record Toronto COVID-19 cases a ‘blunt warning’: Medical officer of health – CityNews Toronto
Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is calling a second consecutive day of record COVID-19 cases a “blunt warning” that must be heeded to stop the spread of the virus.
The province earlier reported 727 new cases for Toronto, but in an update later Tuesday, de Villa boosted that number to 761.
“This figure represents a new high for a second consecutive day in the city,” she said in a release. “Today’s case counts are a blunt warning. COVID-19 continues to spread easily and widely.”
De Villa said research of COVID-19 data in the city shows that 1 in 5 infected people, or 21 per cent, confirmed that they had people visit their home, or went inside someone else’s home, where there were 10 people or less during the period they acquired the infection.
Other findings among infected people in Toronto:
- 21 per cent identified their spouse or partner as the source of illness
- 16 per cent identified a friend as the source of illness
- 16 per cent identified a co-worker as the source of illness.
In total, 35 per cent of cases reporting close contact indicated that their close contact with known cases were only non-household contacts. This underscores guidance to keep contact within your household,” De Villa’s release states.
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