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Paul Thomas Staples: Dishonesty right to the bitter end

JAILED TAX cheat Paul Thomas Staples invented a story about his wife having breast cancer so he could con money out of sympathetic friends to pay his bills.

That’s the latest disturbing allegation to surface following the three-year prison sentence imposed on Staples a fortnight ago for half a million dollars worth of GST and income tax fraud.

Between September 2008 and August 2011, Staples filed 27 fraudulent income tax and GST returns for companies that existed in name only.

He also falsified sale and purchase agreements, claimed a shareholders salary when he wasn’t one and registered companies when he was a bankrupt.

But it is his conduct in recent months that gives possibly the best insight into what a unconscionable and ruthless character Staples is when his back is to the wall. After being well and truly caught for ripping off the Government, Staples tried thieving off his employer – and worse still his mates.

During sentencing in the Manukau District Court a fortnight ago, Staples lawyer tried to argue that his client had done everything in his power to try and repay the $477,000 he defrauded from the taxman.

Paul Pati tried to present to the court an image of a man who was devoted to his friends and family – ‘a good husband and father’ who was well liked by people.

It’s now emerged that nothing could be further from the truth.

A source close to the case this week revealed the despicable lengths Staples went to in the months leading up to sentencing to try and get IRD off his back.  Read more »

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Tax cheat Paul Staples jailed for three years

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court last week

TAX CHEAT Paul Thomas Staples was today sentenced to three years imprisonment on multiple counts of GST and income tax fraud.

The former police officer and failed businessman cut a forlorn figure as he was taken into custody to spend the first of what will be many long days and nights in the company of those he once used to help lock up.

As Staples left the dock this morning to begin his three-year prison sentence, his wife Jean, the chief collaborator in much of her husband’s offending, leapt to her feet in one final but ultimately futile act of solidarity.

Before she was able to reach her husband to say her final farewells, she was abruptly ordered back to her seat where she was told in no uncertain terms to sit down.

Outside court there were no tears, no posturing, no histrionics – just a quiet sense of inevitability about a prison sentence both Paul and Jean Staples must have seen coming months ago.

Staples was warned back in August that a lengthy spell behind bars was likely unless he could make significant restitution towards the nearly half million dollars he owed Inland Revenue.

Today during sentencing it emerged he hadn’t paid a cent towards what he owed.   Read more »

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Lies upon lies upon more lies

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court

LIES, lies and more lies.

Today in the final installment of our three-part investigation into notorious tax cheat Paul Staples, we reveal more details about the extraordinary lengths the 52-year-old went to in defrauding Inland Revenue out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Staples has admitted charges of forgery, tax evasion and knowingly providing false information to Inland Revenue – offences which carry maximum penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment.

Between September 2008 and August 2011, Staples filed 27 fraudulent income tax and bogus GST returns with IRD under three different companies.

During that time he also claimed a salary as a shareholder of a company when he wasn’t one, falsified sale and purchase agreements and legal documents and registered companies when he was a bankrupt.

Inland Revenue has assessed the debt at around $320,000, but with penalties and interest it is likely to run to well over half a million dollars.

Two of Staples companies, STH Investments Ltd and 380 Express Ltd, existed in name only – the company had no taxable activity, and no assets or income apart from GST refunds which for the most part were always transferred into the personal account of Staples’ wife and used to pay personal expenses along with a bank loan for a property the couple had bought in Botany.    Read more »

Tax fraud, forgery and benefit rorts all part of the package

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court

Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples leave the Manukau District Court

THE WIFE of a notorious Auckland tax cheat spent five years on the domestic purposes benefit while she was still living with her husband – but was never charged with benefit fraud.

Between 2006 and 2011 Jean Staples, the wife of 52-year-old former bankrupt Paul Staples, received more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded benefits while she was helping her husband cook the books for companies set up by him under her name to defraud IRD.

Paul Staples will appear in the Manukau District Court on December 3 for sentencing on charges of forgery, tax evasion and knowingly providing false information to Inland Revenue – offences which carry maximum penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment.

Court records show that between September 2008 and August 2011, Staples filed 27 fraudulent income tax and bogus GST returns with IRD under three different companies.

During that time he also claimed a salary as a shareholder of a company when he wasn’t one, falsified sale and purchase agreements and legal documents and registered companies when he was a bankrupt.

Inland Revenue has assessed the debt at around $320,000, but with penalties and interest it is likely to run to well over half a million dollars.

It appears a deal may have been negotiated between the prosecution and Staples where in return for guilty pleas on all counts no charges were laid against his wife, who judging by the police summary of facts was a party to most of the offending.    Read more »

Anmol Seth: “ I am not a billionaire. I am not even a ‘thousandnaire’… let’s just say I am worth nothing,”

Anmol Seth: The Kingi of Con

Anmol Seth: The King of Con

by Stephen Cook

THE MAN fast earning a reputation as one of this country’s most notorious conmen is denying he’s a fraud – but admits posting fake Facebook photos and pocketing clients GST refunds.

After being subjected to a week-long onslaught of negative publicity, Anmol Seth finally agreed on Friday to sit down in person to discuss claims he’d conned millions out of vulnerable and hard-working Indian investors.

The 90-minute interview quickly degenerated into farce with the diminutive king of con – who claims to be just 28-years-old – skirting around most of the tough questions and refusing to give straight answers to even the simple ones.

Creating the illusion of fantastic wealth and success is, of course, chapter one in any scammer’s handbook.

But as we quickly discovered, dig just below the surface and what you will find with Anmol Seth is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a rather disturbing enigma.   Read more »

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Time to shoot the Sherriff – A Special Investigation Ctd

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by Stephen Cook

A LEADING accountancy firm has been implicated in an alleged plot to swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from Inland Revenue.

Liquidators from Grant Thornton, which boasts annual worldwide earnings of $4.7 billion and has been acclaimed as one of the best managed international firms, are among those under investigation by IRD and the Serious Fraud Office for their part in an alleged conspiracy to rip off the taxman.

IRD has invoked wide-ranging powers under section six of the Tax Administration Act to investigate experienced liquidators Greg Sherriff and Tim Downes and their handling of what should have been a relatively simple company liquidation back in 2013.

Two years on the case is attracting plenty of attention with claims liquidators in conjunction with an Auckland law firm systematically robbed the company blind and withheld money that should have gone to the taxman.

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IRD bribery & fraud scandal: A Special Investigation, Ctd

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by Stephen Cook

INLAND REVENUE is officially investigating the actions of those implicated in a messy bribery scandal currently threatening the integrity of the New Zealand taxation system.

Top-level discussions were held in Auckland yesterday between senior IRD investigators and a number of complainants over the alleged criminal conduct of those involved in what appears to be an elaborate plot to defraud taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

But more importantly, at stake is the integrity of the taxation system and the right of all taxpayers to have their liability determined “fairly, impartially and according to law”.

If IRD were to ignore the allegations, it could open itself up to potentially billions of dollars worth of claims from aggrieved taxpayers wanting the same preferential treatment enjoyed by the company at the centre of the latest scandal.

The company had tax liabilities of close to $300,000 but successfully negotiated a final settlement of $30,000 after involving a man who claimed at the time he was a ‘lawyer’ with considerable influence over IRD.  Read more »

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IRD bribery & fraud scandal: A Special Investigation, Ctd

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by Stephen Cook

SHOCK DETAILS have emerged of a failed plot by the husband of a top Government official to extort $500,000 from an Auckland lawyer implicated in a messy bribery scandal.

The man at the centre of the blackmail allegations is Graham Charles Hare, the husband of deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall – one of the most influential figures in the public health system.

The allegations form part of the backdrop to a complex web of betrayal and deception implicating liquidators, lawyers, IRD staff and one other man, who for legal reasons cannot be named.

The extortion plot was allegedly hatched during discussions between Hare and a businessman, who’d been threatening to lay a complaint with the Law Society about the actions of an Auckland lawyer involved in winding up his company.

Hare allegedly told the man that the lawyer in question had recently inherited $1 million and was vulnerable to attack.

A Law Society investigation into his involvement in the bribery scandal would not only cost him his license but also his lucrative practice and his home, which was heavily mortgaged.

Hare then allegedly told the businessman he’d be willing to act as a facilitator in the plot to extort money from the lawyer. He would approach the lawyer, advise him of the Law Society complaint and then convince him to pay $500,000 hush money, which he’d then split.

The businessman didn’t agree to the deal with Hare, claiming at the time he couldn’t “trust the bastard”.    Read more »

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Corruption, bribes and two IRD officials – A Special Investigation

by Stephen Cook

CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS have been levelled against two rogue Inland Revenue staff involved in investigating the tax affairs of an Auckland company at the centre of a messy bribery scandal.

The department is refusing to confirm or deny claims the two forensic investigators were part of an elaborate plot to defraud the taxman out of nearly $200,000.

The bribery allegations form part of the murky backdrop to a complex web of betrayal and deception implicating liquidators, an Auckland lawyer, the two IRD staff along with another man, who for legal reasons cannot be named.

Whaleoil understands complaints have now been filed with the Police, IRD and the Law Society over the actions of various parties involved in the scandal.

An IRD spokesman said due to taxpayer secrecy provisions in the Tax Administration Act it was unable to comment “on matters relating to the tax affairs of individuals, organisations or businesses”.

Even in cases involving Inland Revenue and high-profile customers, the department could not comment on a customer’s affairs, the spokesperson said.

The comments do nothing to shed any light on claims two staff conspired with an Auckland man posing as a lawyer to rip off the tax department to the tune of almost $200,000.    Read more »

If “Interesting” and “Unusual” saves the taxpayer $3M per year, I’m all for it

Inland Revenue Department staff are being hauled before their manager if they have even one day off ill, as the tax agency grapples with its high level of sick leave.

The meetings, dubbed “welcome back conversations”, are part of a new initiative – Supporting Positive Attendance – introduced after the IRD noticed skyrocketing rates of staff taking sickies.

After starting the project two years ago, it had gone from second worst to third worst department in the public sector. The tactics have raised the eyebrows not only of staff, but also of an employment expert who says the department is dancing close to the edge when it comes to obligations under the Holidays Act and possibly the Privacy Act.

But the IRD is standing by its policy and says the initiative has saved taxpayers $6 million in two years.

The IRD had one of the highest sick leave stats in the sector.  That needed attention.   Read more »

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