In a recent decision by the B.C. Supreme Court, Tony and Helen Samaroo were awarded nearly $1.7 million in damages to be paid by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) after Justice Robert Punnett found that the CRA engaged in malicious prosecution when investigating the Nanaimo, B.C. couple for tax evasion.
The two owned a nightclub/motel/restaurant and were accused of skimming $1.7 million from its coffers before being brought up on 21 criminal charges for dodging the taxman. The charges were eventually dropped for insufficient evidence, but the damage to the Samaroo’s reputation as business owners was already done.
“She said she had worked hard to build up her reputation as a reputable nightclub operator and felt that the charges had ruined her reputation,” noted Justice Punnett when describing Helen