Penticton and South Okanagan
Farmer loses to taxman
Oct 29, 2013 / 11:19 am
An Oliver man was ordered to pay $14,000 in fines on Monday in a Penticton courtroom for failing to file income tax returns for several years.
Patrick Pugsley has a 14 month period to pay the $1,000 on each count he was facing. He was further ordered by Judge Gregory Koturbash to file his T1 forms for the years he didn't pay, from 1995 to 2008.
According to Koturbash, the central issue of the case is if Pugsley was properly served.
He determined Pugsley, who was representing himself, indeed was properly served and he handed down the sentence.
In his defence, Pugsley said he knew about the $1,000 for each count, but nothing was mentioned previously about the tax returns.
He further told the court he was a farmer and carpenter with no bank account who is not interested in being part of the system.
He believes a bunch of cowards devised the income tax act and called the crown and judge cowards in this process.
"Shame on the crown and those who run due process," he said. "You can throw me in the pit of despair."
Pugsley also asked the judge at one point if he was shaking, forcing the sheriff's to move in around him.
When Koturbash asked him repeatedly if he needed time to pay, Pugsley did not respond. Finally at the urging of people in the gallery, he said yes, and was given the 14 months.
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