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2014-06-04 at 10:49

Pair dealt major fine for low-balling purchase claims to customs

By tbnewswatch.com

PIGEON RIVER, Ont. -- Trying to deceive an inspector at a border crossing could be a costly affair.

That’s what two people driving a motorhome through the Pigeon River border crossing learned in April.

Information provided by customs investigators state the two had claimed only $100 in purchases after being away from the country for four months.

A search of the motorhome turned up more than $10,000 worth of undeclared jewellery and other goods.

The penalty for the false claim will cost the pair more than $9,000 in fines.

The customs investigation also states that criminal charges against the couple are still possible.

(CKPR Radio)

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mujibar mcduff says:
That is just pure greed and the border guards do a great job. I declare everything. There is a reason items are so cheap in the US and we should step up honestly to the plate and pay our fair tax
6/7/2014 8:05:46 PM
kennypowersyourout says:
Nanny state. What's next hacking into bank records to see how much gas was bought at Ryden's and the Trading Post?
6/6/2014 4:25:25 PM
Arch Stanton says:
So much for the so-called North American Free Trade Area!!!!!
6/6/2014 8:37:31 AM
Shane Caker says:
So much for having the slightest clue on what the agreement is all about Arch.
6/7/2014 11:06:27 PM
commonsense says:
Canadian residents are allowed to bring in $800 worth of goods for a period over 7 days, according to govt website I just checked.
I think border officials should be more stringent on ALL cross-border shoppers, which might encourage more of us to shop at home, and support local retailers.
Yes, we all want to find something unique when we're travelling, or get that occasional "good deal". All part of travelling experience.
But, for stores to remain viable in TB, we need to support them. They face high costs to bring goods into Canada.
Yet, many mail order companies offer customers "free shipping"; an option not offered of course to a small retailer. Mail order companies don't bear the cost of a retail location, staffing, and selling to a small market, like Thunder Bay.
Small retailers are our friends and neighbours, let's support them.
6/5/2014 12:21:27 PM
Eastender says:
That fine is exhorbitant. Its not as if they were terrorists
smuggling explosives or anything like that.
Make them pay the duty and maybe a 1000.00 dollar fine.
9000.00 dollar fine on a crummy 10,000 worth of goods? Who is the criminal here?
6/4/2014 8:06:10 PM
pearlman says:
The people lying to our CBSA officers and attempting to smuggle items unlawfully into the Country.
6/5/2014 11:09:32 AM
Eastender says:
I am not condoning what they diid. It was a stupid naive assumption that no one would suspect their claim to be false. I just think the punishment should suit the crime.
A 9,000 dollar fine for this breach of trust is exhorbitant and just legal theft.
A 1000.00 dollar fine would be just as much of a deterrent. Just becsuse someone does something stupid does not give you the moral right to pick their pockets.
6/6/2014 12:01:21 AM
Eastender says:
Duty and tax on that amount would probably be less than $2500.00.
A $9000.00 fine for a $2500.00 attempted evasion to pay? Again, who is the criminal?
6/8/2014 11:51:04 PM
smartguy83 says:
I seem to recall you complaining a LOT about high taxes. Sales taxes being appropriately collected is just as important. If they don't have strict laws people will always smuggle.

I love the huge fines. Keep them coming.
6/5/2014 1:06:28 PM
Hey_Buddy says:
Why is there always someone who feels they are above and beyond the rules? No sympathy here, you play, you pay.
6/4/2014 7:58:36 PM
freepostg says:
These simple souls have learned a valuable lesson. Out of the Country for four months with a $100.00 claim? Nice! They should also get some much needed brain surgery. Kudos to Canada Border Services. Work well done!
6/4/2014 4:35:24 PM
Tannoy says:
Haha nice job boarder guards! Impound their trailer to!
6/4/2014 3:02:10 PM
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