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 »