Tax fraud leads to 33 months in jail

Donna Marie Stancer faced two counts under the Income Tax Act and two counts under the Criminal Code of Canada.

A Vernon woman has joined her business partner in receiving a sentence for tax fraud.

Donna Marie Stancer, born in 1951, was sentenced to 33 months in jail in Kelowna Supreme Court on two counts under the Income Tax Act and two counts under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Stancer was also fined nearly $63,000.

A Canada Revenue Agency investigation revealed that Stancer and her business partner, Deanna Lynn LaValley of Kelowna, claimed false capital and business losses totalling more than $192 million on the returns of 224 clients, resulting in attempted refunds of nearly $10 million.

The claims came while the pair operated a company called DeMara Consulting Inc.

Court heard how only close to $53,000 was actually paid out.

LaValley, born in 1961, was sentenced in November to 22 months of house arrest for filing fraudulent tax returns for herself and her clients while working for DeMara.