A Grande Prairie husband and wife have been fined close to $500,000 for tax evasion.
Robert Dale Steinkey, 60, was fined $322,278 and given a conditional jail sentence of 22 months while Terry Lynn Steinkey, 63, was fined $164,124 and given a conditional jail sentence of 18 months, the Canada Revenue Agency said in a release Monday.
The couple pleaded guilty to evading federal income taxes of $486,402 for the 2007 and 2008 tax years in early December.
The CRA said evidence provided to the court showed the couple were part of the Paradigm Education Group, a “business which counselled people across Canada to commit fraud by evading tax.”
Paradigm is alleged to have given advice on “how to structure their affairs in a way to illegally avoid taxes.”
As of August 2016, 31 people have been convicted of criminal tax evasion because of their participation with Paradigm.