Prosecutors outline case against Cape Breton family charged with multimillion-dollar tax fraud

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June 24, 2021 – Federal prosecutors began outlining their case Thursday in a $3.6-million tax fraud by calling business owners from across Nova Scotia who testified concerning bogus invoices.

Charged are Lydia Saker, 76, of Sydney Mines; and her daughters Georgette Young, 49, of Sydney Mines; Angela MacDonald, 47, of Kentville and Nadia Saker, 45, of Leitches Creek. All of the accused are representing themselves.

The four individuals plus 10 companies they operated face a combined total of 60 offences: 40 counts of fraud (Criminal Code offences) and 20 counts of filing false and deceptive statements (Excise Tax Act offences).

The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2011 and July 2015. Prosecutors Mark Donohue and Constantin Draghici-Vasilescu called several business owners from Sydney, Halifax, New Minas and Inverness to testify about dealings they may have had with the accused and their companies. Saltwire.com reports. | READ MORE