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Tax evaders file federal appeal

A Grande Prairie couple recently sentenced for tax evasion is appealing the decision in court. According to the CBC, a statement of claim filed last month argues Robert Dale Steinkey and Terry Lynn Steinkey have already paid their debts through private indemnity boards. They also argue the provincial court didn’t have jurisdiction in their prosecution.

The Steinkeys plead guilty to evading $486,000 in federal income taxes for 2007 and 2008. They were sentenced to repay the full amount with interest, along with a fine of the same cost. They were also given conditional sentences of 18 and 22 months.

The CRA says they followed the beliefs of the now defunct Paradigm Education Group, which claims people should not have to pay taxes. The group’s founder was prosecuted for criminal tax offences in 2013.

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