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Nelson doctors charged with tax evasion
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Update(!: May 08, l OU PM
Two Nelson doctors are facing the long ann of the tax
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Dr. Warren Fischer. the Macademk dean and chief
lecturer
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of the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences is
accused of three counts each of making false statements
and tax p3)ments in 2006, 2007. and 2008.
Fischer .... 'US charged in March, made his first court
appearance last month and pled not guilty. He returned
Tuesday, .... here supporters packed the courtroom.
Irene-MallS Gravenhorst of the So\'Crcign Squamis h
Government, acting on Fischer's behalf, began readi ng a
statement arguing the court had no jurisdiction, and
persisted when ,Judge Lisa Mrozinksi told her to stop,
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-, \o'oill sue you for assault,- she said. -, reserve the right to remain so\'Cf'eign. This is police brutality. -
A federal Cnmll prosecutor told the judgf! the trial is estimated to take three weeks due to the extensive. tax
infonnation involved and issues surrounding execution of search warrants.
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The Star has learned agents from Canada RC\"fnue Agency raided Fischer's home and bll..;iness in March 2011, ",;th
the help of the Nelson Police Department.
The prusccutor said the trial could be reduced to as little as three days if Fischer is willing to forego his challenge of
the warrants.
-I do not COl\SCnt to being the accused here, Fischer told thejudge.
Fischer "'-as also ordered to tum himself in to the Nelson Police Department by 4 p.m. Monday for fingerprinting. or
a ,,'arrant ""auld be issued for that purpose.
do not consent to fingerprinting, Fischerstlid
His next coun appearance is JWlC 5.
As the hearing concluded. Fischer began to make a stDtement, but
the judge stopped him.
Mrm finished ",ithyou now: Mrozinsld said
Outside court. Gravenhorst said for the past )"ear Fischer has been
an ambassador of the Sm"freign Squamish. a group that claims
from taxes pursuant to legislated common law
jurisdiction gO\'emance. M
Others have unsuec:essfullytried \'ariations on the so\-ereignt)' defence when charged with tax evasion.
Fischer and the So\-ereign Squamish also counted the support Tuesday of the Sowreign Sinixt Nation GO\-emment
and together taped a notice to thecourthousc declaring Sioixt sovereignty.
-rax sla\'cI)' is not something human being want to engage in, M Gravenhorst said. ilIat contract has to go ...
Revenue Canada is war. We're interested in peace:
l11ere is a resistance by the courts to hear our testimony and statements, said local Sinixt spokeswoman Marilyn
James. '"They have again and again refused Sinixt jurisdiction over our sovereign land. We are a sovereign nation on
unceded
According to his biography on the Academy of Classica1 Oriental Sciences' website, Fischer holds a bachelor of
science in biochemistI)' from McGill Unh-ersity, as well as a degree from Beijing Chinese
Medicine and Phannacology, and was the only foreign student in a class of 40,
After returning to canada, his medical practice MgI'e\" quickly, fuelled by the testimonies of those who had been
helped. He felt compelled to ensu.re that the medicine was competently pra<.1.iscd and accurately represented to the
public,
He co-founded the Academy in 1996 and was appointed in 1999 to the first board of the College of Traditional
Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC for a thrceyear tenn.
OOCI'OR FINED
In an unrelated case, Dr. Martha Wilson pled guilty to failing to compiy ",ith the income tax act for not filing a
retum in 2008, and was fined $1.000.
Wilson, who runs a family practice in Nelson, admitted to one count in FebruaI)' and .... '85 sentenced last month to
the minimum fine while a second count .... -as stayed. The outstanding return has since been filed and she has until
April 2013 to pay her fine.
It's not clear how much she owed.
Wilson declim . -d comment except to say she found it that Olnada RC\'enue Agency issued a ne",'s
release about her case,
In a section on its website detailing tax coO\;C'tions, the agency explains it publici:.o.es such eases maintain
confidence in the integrity of the self-assessment system, and to increase compliance with the law through the
deterrent effect of such publicity.-
The Be SCl,uon of the site lists t\'.o dozen daring back to last November, including a Cru.1iegar man
who was fined $1,000. Ne .....s releases are archived online for six months.
Communications manager Da\id Morgan added prosecution is only considered after a long chain of other
compliance acth;ties have been taken and have not resulted in compelling the filing of returns voluntarily,"
If someone doesn't file their tax return, they are issued t .....o requests to file. Failing that, the account is m;ewed, and
in some cases an automatic assessment prepared. If income can't be fully determined. officers contact the taxpayer
to learn their situation and make filing arrangements.
If a mutual!} agreeable arrangement still can't be found or is not complied .... ith. the file is mie ..... ed again.
the officer has exhausted all other means to resolve a file, a requirement to file is personally served on the
taxpayer, setting out a rime frame," Morgan said. -If this is not complied with, and if warranted, prosecution is
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