Tax adviser chooses trial on fraud charges
A Wellington tax adviser has opted to go to trial on tax fraud charges of over $270,000.
Patrick John Renshaw, 66, of Ngaio came to court today after failing to appear at his last court date.
He faces 42 charges of aiding and abetting Resource Management Research and Burma Holdings to apply PAYE and student loan deductions to a purpose other than payment to the IRD. He also faces personal charges of knowingly providing false tax returns for himself and Margaret Gallaher, and of declaring a salary he did not receive to get a tax refund.
His lawyer, Kevin Smith, said Renshaw intended to defend the charge and intended to go to a jury trial.
Wellington District Court judge Peter Hobbs remanded him on bail until May for a date to be set.
Renshaw is also faces bankruptcy proceedings in the High Court.