ATO gets down to business tackling phoenix fraudsters
A 62-year old man has been charged over phoenix activity that resulted in losses to the Australian Government of over $800,000.
The man allegedly barred employees' PAYG income tax from being paid to the ATO. He also took control of businesses in financial difficulty, issued payment summaries to workers and appointed straw directors to conceal his involvement in the business. It is also alleged that he prevented ATO officers from conducting their duties during a visit.
He was charged with 9 offences of dishonesty and 4 offences for obstructing Australian Government officials.