Bay Roberts man ex­pected to plead guilty

Ac­cused of ow­ing govt. over $200K

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A Bay Roberts man ac­cused of ow­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over $200,000 is ex­pected to en­ter a guilty plea at his next court date.

Regi­nald Mercer, 64, faces 35 charges un­der the In­come Tax Act and Ex­cise Tax Act — 16 counts of will­fully evad­ing pay­ment or re­mit­tance of tax or net tax, 10 counts of un­law­fully ob­tain­ing a tax re­bate or re­fund, four counts of mak­ing a false state­ment on a tax re­turn, four counts of mak­ing a false state­ment in a re­turn, ap­pli­ca­tion or cer­tifi­cate, and one count of evad­ing pay­ment of taxes.

Last Wed­nes­day, de­fence lawyer Leah Gruchy — ap­pear­ing by phone on be­half of Mercer’s lawyer Stephen Orr — said Mercer was pre­pared to en­ter a guilty plea at his next court date. The mat­ter is set for speedy dis­po­si­tion Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

The charges, cov­er­ing a four-year pe­riod from 2010 to 2013, al­lege Mercer failed to claim over $600,000 of in­come, thus ow­ing $108,000. He’s ac­cused of un­der­stat­ing GST re­turns for the same time pe­riod in re­la­tion to the busi­ness Mercer Trans­porta­tion by al­most $110,000. Through Mercer Trans­porta­tion, he’s also ac­cused of will­fully ob­tain­ing or at­tempt­ing to ob­tain GST re­funds to­tal­ing $42,904.

The charges, which haven’t been proven in court, were laid Jan. 18, 2017.

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