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"One man not paying his share throws the load on to other people," said Mr. F. H. Levien, S.M., in the Magistrate's Court to-day, when he imposed the maximum penalty of £100 on each of seven charges of making false returns of income and fines of £35 on each of four charges of making erroneous returns of sales tax, a total of £840. , Prosecuting Ivan . Grbic (Mr. Smytheman). whom he described as a fish merchant at Onehunga, Mr. Rosen said defendant was deficient in total income tax to the extent of £643 over several years. As the result of discrepancies the Department made an investigation and found Grbic had 11 bank accounts in the names of members of his family. Mr. Smytheman said the money in the bank accounts represented sums made from gambling. "It is no wonder he had all this money in the bank," observed the magistrate in noting that defendant had made returns of income over three years totalling £711, whereas the amount should have been £3970. The fines imposed on Grbic totalled £300. "I can see no reason for not inflicting the maximum penalty in these cases," said the magistrate in fining Richard John Northland Grosby (Mr. Vialoux) £100 on each of four similar charges. It was stated by Mr. Rosen that defendant, who bad been in business in Whangarei had made four false returns of income, as the result of which he was deficient in tax to the extent of £771. "There is no doubt that the returns put in were erroneous," said the magistrate in giving reserved decision in respect to eigjit informations brought against Joseph Balich, winemaker (Mr. Dickson). On each of four charges of making erroneous returns for sales tax purposes, he imposed a fine of £35. The evidence, he said, showed that the public— astute hotelkeepers — who , bought 2000 gallons of wine from defendant overpaid him by £351. In dismissing four informations of making false returns, the magistrate said that there was no doubt that perjury had been committed by some person or p-TSons and as a result the charges would have to be abandoned.

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FINES TOTAL £840, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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FINES TOTAL £840 Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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