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Crown: B.C. ‘player’ in tax scam should go to prison

The Crown is seeking jail time for a North Vancouver man convicted in connection with a nationwide scam that counselled hundreds of people to evade paying their income taxes. In October, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Victoria Gray found Michael Spencer Millar guilty of four counts related to his involvement as a teacher in the Paradigm Education Group.

Not paying taxes as “natural persons”

The judge found that Millar taught more than 200 students they did not have to pay their taxes as “natural persons,” a theory that has been repeatedly discredited by the Canadian courts. He was also found to have personally avoided paying $24,000 in income taxes. Millar, who had no lawyer and represented himself in court, said he was concerned that the Crown was wrongly linking him to Paradigm and Porisky as if they were “all the same,” calling it a “gross overstatement.” But the judge told him that it didn’t sound like he agreed with the convictions and pointed out that he had lost in court.

Read more at The Times Colonist.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.