Home detention for $153,000 tax offending

A director of four companies who didn’t pay employees’ PAYE deductions totalling over $153,000 to the Inland Revenue Department was sentenced to home detention in the Christchurch District Court.

Fifty-two-year-old Marcie Wales was sentenced on 64 charges of aiding and abetting four different companies over 26 months under the Tax Administration Act.

The companies were Treecorp West Ltd, Treecorp Taranaki Ltd, Treecorp Wellington Ltd, and Treecorp Ltd.

Defence counsel Catherine Bibby said that before the Christchurch earthquakes things were going well for the companies, but afterwards people weren’t worrying about tree trimming.

She said Wales made bad decisions, and she gambled the money owed to the department.

Wales was very embarrassed and devastated by the offending, and now had counselling for her addiction, she said.

Judge John Macdonald said the four companies went into liquidation with $672,000 outstanding over all tax types.

Wales was a director and signatory for all companies, and her offending was an unfair advantage to other companies, premeditated, a breach of trust, and abuse of the employees, he said.

Judge Macdonald said she had no prior convictions, and was working on rehabilitation for her addiction.

He sentenced her to eight months’ home detention, during which she must attend counselling as directed by her parole officer, and to pay reparation of $5000.