Nova Scotia Journal

Cape Breton women behind massive tax scam handed lockup terms

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Four women and ten firms under their authority claimed $56 million in sales.
  • Nadia Saker is one of four women condemned Thursday in Cape Breton for her role in a multimillion-dollar tax hoax. 

Four Cape Breton women who tried to make millions in a deceitful tax scheme made a last-minute action at sentencing Thursday to defend their offenses. 

But it was too late as Lydia Saker and kids Nadia Saker, Angela MacDonald, and Georgette Young were given jail terms varying from two to four years.

At the beginning of their hearing, the women requested Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Robin Gogan for more time to meet with a family physician and review medical papers. 

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Four Cape Breton women who tried to make millions in a deceitful tax scheme made a last-minute action at sentencing Thursday to defend their offenses

“We believe she will diagnose us with post-traumatic stress disorder, which will link to the crimes,” Young told the court. “[It will] speak volumes.”

Gogan believed the documents and assumed that the women had a shared history of domestic violence but said their claims of PTSD could not be used to lessen their blame for the crimes. 

Gogan compared the women’s works to a tight-knit crime family with everyone concerned in the scheme, although some had more prominent roles than others. 

Source – cbc.ca

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