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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 »

Ex-Cop and Security company boss for the high jump

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Paul Thomas Staples and Jean Staples exiting Manukau District Court Photo/Stephen Cook

A FAILED Auckland businessman is facing the possibility of a lengthy spell behind bars for ripping off the tax department more than $300,000.

Paul Thomas Staples, 52, will appear in the Manukau District Court next month for sentencing on charges of forgery, tax evasion and knowingly providing false information to Inland Revenue – offences which carry maximum penalties of up to ten years imprisonment.

In April this year Auckland man Andrew McGirr was jailed for more than two years for defrauding Inland Revenue of nearly $40,000.

Also in April, former Auckland accountant Paul Lawrence was sentenced to more than two years behind bars after claiming more than $278,000 in fake charitable tax donations.

Staples offending trumps both that of Lawrence and McGirr, not only because more money was involved but because of the deliberate and premeditated nature of his actions over a sustained three-year period.

Between September 2008 and August 2011, Staples – a discharged bankrupt with a history of cooking the books – filed no less than 27 fraudulent income tax and bogus GST returns with IRD under three different companies.

The deception even extended to Staples claiming a salary as a shareholder of a company when he wasn’t one, preparing false sale and purchase agreements, falsifying solicitors settlement statements and forming and registering companies for tax purposes when he was bankrupt and prohibited from doing so.

Worse still, Staples has no assets so the chances of him making restitution to IRD are virtually nil.    Read more »