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A Toronto man has been sentenced to five years in prison for claiming nearly $1 million in GST and HST refunds to which he wasn’t entitled.

Canada Revenue Agency says Alexander Wiafe, who was convicted of fraud over $5,000, was also fined $96,000 and faces an additional 18 months in custody if the fine isn’t paid within five years of his release.

CRA says Wiafe, who’s the director and sole shareholder of Wiafco Industries Ltd., filed eight quarterly GST/HST returns between March 13, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014, claiming refunds for purchases that were either fictitious or not incurred by the company.

It says Wiafe claimed a total of $997,842 in refunds and received two refund payments totalling $106,057, which he used both for personal expenditures and also to further the fraud.

CRA says Wiafco’s invoices and banking records were falsified, and Wiafe paid for leasing the business premises and equipment with the refunds he received from filing his first two fraudulent returns.

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