A former chartered accountant in Mississauga is off to prison for the next two years for submitting more than $3.6 million in bogus income tax deductions on behalf of clients. Justice Richard Schwarzl of the Ontario Court of Justice sentenced Imad Kutum on Friday to the prison term plus a $100,000 fine, which represents his illegal profits in a scheme featuring fake charitable donation receipts. Kutum, who has voluntarily surrendered his professional accountancy designation, had pleaded guilty to fraud last November for making bogus tax deduction claims of $3,674,000 between 2003 and 2008, which cost Canadians $1,045,111 in unpaid taxes. In his judgment, Schwarzl said Kutum knowingly prepared 487 false personal income tax returns for clients and provided many of them with the bogus charity receipts.
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