17 Nov 2015

Tax agent facing theft charges

1:13 pm on 17 November 2015

The Serious Fraud Office has laid a raft of charges against a tax agent in Auckland.

Michael Robert McDonald has appeared in the Manukau District Court facing four charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, 13 charges of dishonestly using a document and one of false accounting.

Manukau District Court.

Manukau District Court. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

The Serious Fraud Office claims that between 2007 and 2013 Mr McDonald got money from clients for tax but did not pass it on to the Inland Revenue Department.

It also alleges he filed approximately 250 false GST and income tax returns in order to get money from Inland Revenue, or to keep client funds he was not entitled to.

Mr McDonald was remanded on bail without plea and his next appearance is scheduled for next month.