Project Bambino: $1.5M Child Custody Fraud Convictions

Project Bambino: $1.5M Child Custody Fraud Convictions

Searches were carried out in June 2015 in 22 residences across Quebec, including 10 family daycares.

The “Bambino project”, which aimed to put in light of child care tax evasion schemes, concludes with fines totaling over $1.5 million.

Revenu Québec unveiled Wednesday the results of this major investigation which began in 2015. Nine people have been found guilty of having helped parents to make false or misleading statements, or of having participated, consented or acquiesced to their statement in relation to tax credits for childcare expenses, said Revenu Québec in a press release.

They were sentenced to fines of up to #x27;over $330,000 for three of them and a 90-day jail term for another.

In addition, 25 parents pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay fines totaling $36,000.

Searches were carried out on June 10, 2015 in 22 residences in Quebec City, Trois -Rivières, Drummondville and Brossard, including ten family daycares.

Four companies working in the field of childcare were targeted. They fraudulently issued false receipts to allow individuals to claim refundable tax credits for childcare expenses, indicates Revenu Québec.

The judgments were rendered between 2017 and 2022. Of the 53 charges, 39 led to a conviction.

In 2015, Revenu Québec claimed that approximately 250 people benefited from such credits between the years 2009 and 2012 and that the value of these credits would total at least $2.5 million.

Some 90 Revenu Québec employees as well as four corps police had participated in the investigation.

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