Businessman faces $250,000 tax charges

Tax charges totalling nearly $250,000 have now been laid against a Christchurch businessman who was remanded last week on dishonesty charges.

The 44-year-old has been granted bail again and remanded for another appearance on all charges on November 1.

He was granted bail last Wednesday in spite of police opposition. Since then, Inland Revenue has laid its prosecution – 19 more charges – but did not seek the man’s remand in custody.

The man faces 16 charges of failing to pay various forms of tax to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, totalling more than $200,000. Three charges of tax evasion allege offending totalling about another $30,000.

Last week the man faced 10 dishonesty related charges including five of using a man’s eftpos card to obtain money, dishonestly using the man’s cell phone to obtain $35,000, and another charge of fraudulently obtaining $12,660.

He was granted bail on these police charges and remanded to today with interim name suppression.

Since then, the IRD charges have been laid though the details of the charges are not yet available.

The man has handed in his passport and is required to abide by a series of bail conditions.

He has also been granted suppression on the tax charges.

No pleas have yet been entered on any charges.