More than $1.5 million in fines for tax evasion related to daycare centers

Over $1.5M in fines for tax evasion related to daycare centers

MISE À DAY

Nine people have been found guilty in a Revenu Québec investigation into child care tax fraud schemes. 

Revenu Québec took stock on Wednesday of the Bambino project, which began in 2015. In all, nine people were found guilty following this major investigation. These offenders were sentenced to fines totaling more than $1.5 million. One of them, Hober Antonio Perez Ballastero, 59, of Quebec, was also sentenced to serve a prison term. 

“They were not operating in a network. They were daycare administrators who operated in different schemes, in different cities as well,” said Mylène Gagnon, spokesperson for Revenu Québec.  

These convictions stem from searches carried out on June 10, 2015 as part of the Bambino project. Revenu Québec had deployed more than 90 employees in 22 private residences, including 10 home daycares.  

A total of 29 search warrants had been executed under the Tax Administration Act, in Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville and Brossard. Four companies operating in the child care business were targeted by the operation. 

The investigation revealed that they were fraudulently issuing false receipts in order to allow individuals claim refundable tax credits for childcare expenses. A total of 53 charges were laid at the end of this extensive investigation, and 39 of them led to a conviction in judgments that were rendered between 2017 and 2022. 

As a result of this investigation, 25 parents pleaded guilty in 29 cases and were ordered to pay fines totaling $36,000. According to Revenu Québec, Dubis Cecilia Iglesias Alvarez of Québec, who is one of the parents, was facing four charges for claiming tax credits for childcare expenses in connection with several daycares of Ali Salomon Zakzuk Gavaria and Hober Antonio Perez Ballastero, as well as for a fake keeper. She was found guilty by default of the charges against her. 

Some people were related because they operated together, but Revenu Québec does not consider this to be a network, any more than there was a directing head.  

“For example, in Drummondville, there was a daycare center in 2010-2011 at the address that was declared on the fraudulent receipts that were given to the parents, but the children were never kept there. (…) These were not the children associated with the statements that were made. In other cases, it was other schemes that were complex,” explained Ms. Gagnon. 

“We wanted to wait until all the files were settled before taking stock of this operation. of scale. Obviously, cases of tax fraud are sometimes and even often files that are complex because there is a lot of documentary evidence to analyze,” added the spokesperson. 

< strong>Details of convictions:

  • Mr. Hober Antonio Perez Ballastero, 59 years, Quebec 

28 April 2022 

Sentence of 90 days intermittent detention, accompanied 12 months probation and fines totaling $58,190

  • Mr. Arbey Vasquez Bermudez, 32 years, Drummondville 

October 20 2020 

Fines totaling $330,634.76 

  • Mr. Alexander Vasquez Bermudez, 38 years, Drummondville  

October 20, 2020 

Fines totaling $330,634.76 

  • Mr. Cristian Andres Vasquez Castaneda, 33 years, Drummondville 

October 20, 2020 

Fines totaling $330,634.76 

  • Mr. Yony ​​Fabian Perez Grajales, 34 years, Drummondville  

October 20, 2020 

Fines totaling $130,604.13 

  • Mrs Dubis Cecilia Iglesias Alvarez, 50 years old, Quebec City (residence) 

October 2, 2019 

Fines totaling $6,000 < /p>

  • Mr. Ali Salomon Zakzuk Gavaria, 51 years, Quebec 

April 17, 2019
February 15, 2019 

Fines totaling 234,204.63 $ for two convictions, the first in Quebec City and the second in Trois-Rivières  

  • Mme Monica Nino Tellez, 56&nbsp ;ans, Quebec 

February 15, 2019 

Fines totaling $67,290.63 

  • Mrs Yenni Carolina Collazos, 34 years old, Trois-Rivières 

June 22, 2017 

Fines totaling 16,000 $ 

Source: Revenue Quebec