Bothwell man accused of child tax credit scam

first_imgWhen it comes to fraud allegations, this is definitely one that stands out from the crowd.A Bothwell man is heading to court this summer to face allegations he illegally received more than $60,000 in child tax credits for dozens of fictitious children, including some with the same name and birthday.Michael Hulme, 39, is facing four charges under the Income Tax Act, which were laid by a Canada Revenue Agency investigator.“Mr. Hulme is alleged to have somehow talked Revenue Canada into giving him child tax credit payments for 40-some children,” said Windsor lawyer Ken Marley, who is representing Hulme.“It’s a mystery to me, still, how a person – how anybody – can go on a computer system and tap into Revenue Canada and convince them to give you child tax credits for 41 children, but he did – at least that’s what they claim,” Marley said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.According to the information about the charges, Hulme unlawfully claimed child tax benefits in the amount of $32,320.05 between Feb. 24 and Dec. 31, 2014, to which he was not entitled  “by making, participating in, assenting to, or acquiescing in the making of a false or deceptive statement in the Canada Child Tax Benefits applications” for the 2014 taxation year.The same charge also was laid against Hulme for unlawfully claiming child tax benefits in the amount of $29,140.83 between Jan. 12, 2015, and May 17, 2015, for the 2015 taxation year.The two other charges Hulme is facing under the Income Tax Act are for wilfully obtaining Canada Child Tax benefits to which he was not entitled by filing false statements and fictitious supporting documents for both the 2014 and 2015 taxation years.The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 8 in Chatham, with four other trial dates set, including Aug. 9, Oct. 22, Oct. 23 and Nov. 22.Marley said Hulme has entered a plea of not guilty.The lawyer said the trial will be about whether or not his client did it, how he did it, and whether or not that constitutes fraud.Another source told Postmedia a number of children with the same name and birthday were allegedly used by Hulme in obtaining the child tax credit payments.The Canada Revenue Agency declined comment when contacted by Postmedia.“The confidentiality provisions of the Income Tax Act prevent the CRA from discussing the specific tax affairs of individual taxpayers,” stated an email from a CRA spokesperson.An official with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation suggested the “increasing complexity of the tax code” makes the current system vulnerable to fraud. Jasmine Pickel, the federation’s interim Ontario director, said “systemic issues within the CRA” also increase the potential for tax fraud in Canada.“Loopholes aren’t the problem and more government isn’t the solution,” said Pickel, a former small business owner who studied both accounting and taxation while earning her MBA. “The more complex the system, the more likely CRA agents are to be duped.“The tax code needs to be drastically simplified and the CRA modernized to prevent (fraud).”In an email to Postmedia, the CRA provided details on its process for laying charges.“The CRA investigates suspected cases of tax evasion, fraud, and other serious violations of tax laws and recommends cases to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) for criminal prosecution,” stated the CRA, adding the PPSC conviction rate for tax-related crimes in 2018-2019 was 92 per cent.The CRA, based on the facts of each incident, refers cases it believes merit criminal charges to the PPSC for criminal prosecution.“The decision to prosecute the case or not is made by the PPSC based on a number of factors, including the likelihood of obtaining a conviction and the public interest to initiate a prosecution,” the CRA said.Despite an increase in the current inventory of cases under investigation, as well as more case referrals to the PPSC for prosecution, the CRA has little control over the speed at which cases are prosecuted, the email stated.“Prosecutions are affected by a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, court availabilities, and the nature of the litigious arguments put forth by taxpayers,” the CRA said. “As the CRA investigates increasingly complex and sophisticated cases, we are experiencing more legal challenges at various points in our investigations. Consequently, a judgment may take years.”[email protected] @Chathamnewslast_img read more

Torino’s Falque to miss derby

first_imgTorino winger Iago Falque is expected to miss the Derby della Mole against Juventus tomorrow with a muscular problem. Goal.com reports Falque, who was all set to start, tweaked a muscle in training today and has been ruled out of the clash with Juve. The one-time Bianconeri player joins Tomas Rincon and Kevin Bonifazi on the sidelines, while Nicolas Nkoulou is also missing for Toro through suspension. The 29-year-old has struggled for form so far this season, playing six times without scoring or assisting. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img

Two 4-Star Quarterbacks Make Unofficial Visits to Oklahoma State

first_imgEven with spring camp in full swing and their minds fixed on developing depth charts for this fall, Mike Gundy and Co. always have one eye on the recruiting trail. This past weekend the coaching staff hosted a group of recruits for unofficial visits. As we noted in The Reload on Monday, there were a number of big-time visitors.Among those visiting OSU’s campus were a couple of 2019 quarterback prospects, one of whom has held an offer from the Cowboys for nearly a year in Grant Gunnell. According to our interview with Gunnell from last year, Mike Yurcich extended an offer to the towering QB prior to his sophomore season. The contact was made through his head coach at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas.“The offensive coordinator [Mike Yurcich] came up to school and told my head coach they were offering me, then my coach told me,” Gunnell told Pistols Firing. “I was super pumped when I heard the news and I called my parents and let them know about it!”https://twitter.com/grantgunnell5/status/848936382361948160?s=09Oklahoma State was just the second school to offer the then 6-5, 203-pound play caller. But it’s a year later and a lot has changed. Not only has he already filled in to over 200 pounds heading into his junior year, he set the world on fire with his sophomore numbers in 2016.Gunnell exploded for 4,970 passing yards and 71 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions in 2016, per 247Sports. He also completed a cool 70 percent of his pass attempts. Ridiculous.No longer flying under the radar, the four-star pro style QB currently holds more FBS offers than any other player in his class, including from the likes of Texas A&M, Florida State and LSU.“Coach Yurcich (OSU) says if I were to commit there, he’d be shutting everything down. I’m the only guy he wants. That’s what every school has said,” Gunnell told Scout.Gunnell should whittle down his list of top schools soon and OSU hopes their early offer will save them a spot.The other quarterback to visit this weekend was Grant Tisdale, a 2019 recruit from Allen, Texas.The 6-foot-1, 204-pound high school sophomore isn’t as big of a name as the other visiting Grant but does have offers from Texas Tech and Mississippi State, among others. He’s more of a dual-threat prospect who can throw a pretty decent ball, too.Good ball from Allen, TX QB Grant Tisdale. His list includes #RedRaiders and #SMU. pic.twitter.com/rddsGTLtHr— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) April 2, 2017Last month at The Opening, Tisdale put up some impressive numbers. According to Scout, who has Tisdale as a four-star prospect, he ran a 4.70 40-yard dash, completed a 4.18 shuttle and showed off a 35.6-inch vertical leap.It’s still early for Tisdale (and Gunnell for that matter). We’ll learn a lot more about both going forward but don’t be surprised if Tisdale’s star continues to rise. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Videos: Gundy, Dunn and Rudolph Talk Ateman’s Return, Receivers

first_imgOne of the Cowboys’ biggest offensive additions (that no one is talking about) is the dynamic outside threat of Marcell Ateman, who sat 2016 out with injury. We caught up with Mike Gundy, receivers coach Kasey Dunn and Mason Rudolph to discuss Ateman’s return and the rest of OSU’s ridiculously deep wide receiver talent pool. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Bob Stoops Retiring from University of Oklahoma After 18 Seasons, 10 Big 12 Titles

first_imgBob Stoops’ dad Ron passed away when he was 54 after suffering a heart attack while coaching a HS game & dying on way to the hospital. https://t.co/nW70WeimuF— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017The most shocking part about all of this is the timing. Stoops is calling it quits a week into June a few days after he made the in-state caravan rounds. That’s a little … bizarre. But it seems to have been motivated by the fact that Lincoln Riley is the next big thing.“It was with sadness that I learned of the decision of Coach Bob Stoops to step down as head football coach at Oklahoma,” said OU president David Boren. “Coach Stoops has made a critically important and lasting contribution to the OU football program. He has led to its restoration as one of the top programs in the nation. His success has helped provide the momentum for major new facilities like the improvements and expansion of the football stadium. Because of his unquestioned personal integrity and high standards, he is one of the most admired college football coaches in America.“His decision to step down at this time was motivated partly by his belief that he has the right successor already in place in the program, Lincoln Riley, and he wanted to pass the leadership on at a time of strength for the program. His decision is typical of his unselfishness and always putting first the best interest of the players and program.”Briefly spoke with two #Sooners on Bob Stoops retirement:”Don’t know what to say.””The campus is in shock right now.”— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) June 7, 2017 We will have more coverage throughout the day. Sources telling me Bob Stoops told the team “it was just his time to go” & that everything on the staff “will stay the same.” #Sooners @KFOR— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) June 7, 2017“I’m especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here,” added Stoops. “It has been so rewarding to see these players come to OU and mature over a four or five-year career, and not just on the field. To play a small part in their growth is what I will always cherish the most.“None of my success would have happened without the best fans in the country. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the 110 consecutive home sellouts. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well.“The coaching life is like a relay race and I’m thankful for my turn and am confident as I pass the baton. Carol and I intend on staying in Norman — it is our home. I will be available to Coach Riley and the athletic department in any manner. Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!”Stoops finishes with a 190–48 record including 121-29 in the Big 12 and 14-4 against Oklahoma State. His only national championship came during the 2000 season in a win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will inform his team on Wednesday that he will retire after 18 seasons at the helm in Norman.Stoops will not coach the 2017 season.The retirement is not thought to be related to his health or anything regarding NCAA penalties for OU from the NCAA. Stoops, at age 56, just wants out after nearly two decades and two hands’ worth of Big 12 rings.“After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I’ve decided to step down as the head football coach,” Stoops said in a statement. “I understand there has been some speculation about my health. My health was not the deciding factor in this decision and I’ve had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching. I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins.“The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship. We have new state-of-the-art facilities and a great start on next year’s recruiting class. The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players. Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition.”As Stoops noted, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, age 33 (!), will take over, effective immediately, and he will not be an interim coach. He is the new head man at OU — which means his offseason raise to $1.3 million makes a little bit (or a lot) more sense.Bob Stoops is 56 & has won 10 Big12 titles. I’m told his reasoning for stepping down now is because he’s ready & he wants to “go live life.”— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017last_img read more

Tuesday Poll: Are You Concerned About the Oklahoma State Hype?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m going to discuss this later on this week in the context of what Mike Gundy thinks about it, but I’m curious to get the thoughts of OSU fans. Does the hype train OSU is riding concern you, or are you not concerned at all about how much love the Cowboys are getting from national pundits and pollsters?Today’s poll question: I am ___________ about how much hype this #okstate team is getting.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 8, 2017As always your comments both on Twitter and in the comments section of the blog will be used when we discuss on Wednesday. Until then, happy voting (and discussing).AdChoices广告last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer names two Man Utd kids for Cardiff clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer names two Man Utd kids for Cardiff clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named two teenagers in his squad for the clash with Cardiff City.Solskjaer has included Angel Gomes and James Garner in the travelling Manchester United squad for the Cardiff game.Former United manager Jose Mourinho gave Gomes his United debut at the age of 16 and the England youth international. Garner, 17, played for United on their pre-season tour of the United States and was a substitute in last week’s Champions League defeat to Valencia. The Merseyside midfielder excelled in United’s enthralling 4-3 FA Youth Cup triumph over Chelsea on Monday night, which Solskjaer watched.Confirmed United squad members vs Cardiff:David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Fred, James Garner, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Angel Gomes, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial last_img read more

a month agoArsenal goalkeeper Leno: Law change giving us problems

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Leno: Law change giving us problemsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists a law change created the confusion for their 2-2 draw at Watford.At the key moment, Sokratis Papastathopoulos collected the ball from Leno in the box from a goal kick, before his pass was snatched by the grateful Gerard Deulofeu.Tom Cleverley then thumped the ball home before Roberto Pereyra earned the Hornets a point from the penalty spot.New rules installed before the start of the season now state that the goalkeeper does not have to pass the ball outside the box from a goal kick.That invites defenders to start the phase of play form inside the box, encouraging teams to play short and out from the back, something Unai Emery likes.Leno has since revealed that the law change has complicated things for the Arsenal defence as Sunday’s punishment proved.“It has changed the game a lot because the first pass is always without pressure to, for example, the centre-backs,” the German told the Evening Standard.“The first pass is always without danger and then the team can decide [from there].”It is more difficult now [when teams] press very high for the defending team. But you see, the rule changed the game a little bit and it is new for everybody. We have to work with this change.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Not quite quitting time for Hughs Room

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment New ad hoc management for the shuttered west-end music mecca Hugh’s Room is hoping the public that mourned its closing will step up to fund its re-opening.Musician/businessman Howard Gladstone created a GoFundMe campaign that would see a not-for-profit community group purchase the club’s assets and re-open it on March 15 with a kick-off fundraising concert.The campaign’s target is $150,000 by July 20 – an amount that would also “compensate those who have been hurt financially by cancelled shows” (including reimbursement to ticketholders for cancelled shows). Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter A target of $30,000 by Feb. 20 has already been reached. Further campaign targets of $30,000 on March 5 and $90,000 on July 20 remain.More than $46,000 in total had been raised by Wednesday.last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball team tops Ursuline 11361 in lone exhibition game

OSU then-freshman guard Asia Doss and then-redshirt sophomore forward Kalpana Beach make their way to the Buckeyes’ side of the court during the first half of the OSU women’s basketball game against VCU on Nov. 23. OSU won 96-86. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s women’s basketball team took full advantage of its only exhibition game on Sunday, as the No. 10 Buckeyes showcased their newfound depth in a lopsided 113-61 victory over Division II school Ursuline College.In total, 13 Buckeyes played, eight of whom played at least 10 minutes. This starkly contrasts last season’s preseason game against Eckerd College in which only seven players on an injury-ravaged OSU team saw the court.“I think it’s going to be a great thing knowing we have a lot of people who can come in and give their energy,” sophomore guard and Big Ten preseason player of the year Kelsey Mitchell said.As expected, the bigger, faster Buckeyes dominated Ursuline offensively, smashing last season’s average of 81 points per game. Senior guard Ameryst Alston led OSU with 17 points, but she was just one of seven players to score double-digits.Alston also kept her teammates involved, tying Mitchell — who added 15 points herself — with eight assists. OSU racked up 26 assists, more than the 15.3 it averaged last season.Much of the Scarlet and Gray’s success came from the interior, as 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Alexa Hart, 6-foot-2 junior forward Shayla Cooper and 6-foot-6 redshirt junior center Lisa Blair took full advantage of their size. OSU scored 62 points in the paint, as the trio of Hart, Cooper and Blair scored 14, 10 and nine points, respectively.Blair also gathered 10 rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end. Hart, who started 32 of OSU’s 35 games last season, said she was glad to finally be joined by a mix of fellow post players after standing as one of the only bigs playing major minutes a season ago.“It’s kind of exciting to know that I don’t always have to kill myself out there. Just to know that there are other people who can do the same thing that I can do,” Hart said.Hart and Cooper were joined in the starting lineup with Mitchell, Alston and senior guard Cait Craft.Despite holding Ursuline to 61 points, coach Kevin McGuff and the Buckeyes said they were not satisfied with their performance. Entering the summer, OSU knew improvement on the defensive end would be necessary to reach its goals, and McGuff still saw room to get better on Sunday.“We gave up a few too many drives to the basket, and that impacts your rebounding. I didn’t think our communication was good either,” McGuff said.OSU used its speed and size advantage to outrebound Ursuline 45-40.Entering last season, McGuff implemented a full-court press defense emphasizing ball-pressure and turnovers. With more depth and a year of experience in the system under their belts, the Buckeyes took full advantage forcing 33 turnovers and scoring 46 points off them. McGuff said he was not aware of the turnovers leading to points but he was not surprised.“We have a team that, when we do turn somebody over, we have a lot of offensive weapons so we can turn those into points,” McGuff said.Seven OSU players tallied at least one steal, with Mitchell and sophomore guard Asia Doss leading the team with two apiece.Welcome backThe largest cheers from the crowd on the afternoon came when those returning from injuries entered the game, and later when they scored.Redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, redshirt freshman forward Chelsea Mitchell and redshirt freshman forward Makayla Waterman returned from torn ACL injuries. Redshirt junior Kalpana Beach returned after being sidelined with arthroscopic knee surgery.When Chelsea Mitchell made a 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining in the game, many of the 3,824 who remained in attendance rose to their feet and cheered.“These kids have worked so hard to get to this point,” said McGuff. “It’s really gratifying to see them take that effort onto the court and impact our team in such a positive way.”Steep uptick in competitionThe Buckeyes used the opportunity against Ursuline to play a game against a team of players in another uniform without the score or statistics truly counting. OSU had a major size, speed and depth advantage from beginning to end. Since it was an exhibition game and the end result is not a main concern, McGuff was able to try different lineups and mess with his rotation.McGuff and the Buckeyes will not enjoy that luxury when their season begins on Nov. 13.OSU opens the regular season on the road against South Carolina, which finished last season 34-3 and earned a trip to the Final Four. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.Following the South Carolina game, the Scarlet and Grey are set to host the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies, who finished last season 38-1, on Nov. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. read more