CALGARY, AB, July 17, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Mr. Chun Zhu aka Ted Zhu (Zhu) of Calgary, Alberta, has been charged on July 16, 2020, with one count of claiming a refund to which he or any other person is not entitled, two counts of fraud over $5,000, and two counts of obtaining and using another's identity to commit an indictable offense.
The criminal charges laid against Zhu allege that, as early as March 2018, he started gathering personal information from individuals who applied on fake job postings that he set up. In February 2019, Zhu used the information he gathered from these applications to electronically prepare, print out, and file as many as 317 personal tax returns. These returns claimed unwarranted tax refunds totalling more than $760,000 which he attempted to have deposited into bank accounts which he controlled.
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SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
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