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16 May 2019 Jail time for dodgy labour hire operator

A Mildura man was sentenced to six month’s jail in the County Court of Victoria for Pay as You Go Withholding (PAYGW) fraud relating to illegal phoenix activity in the labour hire for agriculture industry on Wednesday 15 May 2019. 

Suleyman Erdogan, 51, was convicted after the ATO found he had used phoenix behaviour to illegally fail to remit more than $664,000 in PAYGW from his 49 employees to the ATO. 

Mr Erdogan also arranged for more than 136 false income tax returns to be lodged on behalf of 49 of his employees. Many of the tax returns were lodged on behalf of people on working holiday visas using identities of former employees who had departed Australia. In total, $187,994 in tax refunds was paid. 

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