27 Feb 2009

MP's prosecutor gets home detention for tax fraud

3:47 pm on 27 February 2009

An accountant who brought a private prosecution against Labour MP Trevor Mallard in 2007 has himself been sentenced to home detention for tax fraud.

Graeme McCready, 64, was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on Friday for tax fraud involving almost $50,000.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to 12 charges of knowingly filing false income tax or GST returns and one charge of knowingly filing a false income tax return to evade assessment or payment of income tax.

McCready prosecuted Mr Mallard for assault over an altercation the MP had with National MP Tau Henare in October 2007.

Mr Mallard later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of fighting.

Judge Mike Behrens said though McCready had pleaded guilty, he has not taken responsibility for what he has done.

He sentenced McCready to six months home detention but made no reparation order for the amount of tax involved.

Reparation of almost $50,000 was sought, but the judge said that was not viable.