Jail time for GST fraud offences

September 4, 2023 9:52 am in by

A Mildura man has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half year’s jail after admitting to fraud-related offences.

The man pleaded guilty to charges including obtaining financial advantage by deception, with a minimum term of five years.

The Australian Tax Office says the man obtained more than 830-thousand dollars in fraudulent GST refunds.

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ATO Deputy Commissioner John Ford said the ATO takes attempts at GST fraud seriously.

Under Operation Protego, which was initiated in response to widespread GST fraud activity, the ATO has taken action against more than 56,000 individuals.

The ATO is working with the Australian Federal Police led Criminal Asset Confiscation Taskforce to ensure that the funds illegally obtained, as well as any property bought with the proceeds of GST fraud, are forfeited to the Commonwealth.