Tax Evasion and White Collar Crime
Joseph brings to his tax evasion and white collar crime practice his extensive experience prosecuting major complex tax evasion and fraud cases for the Canada Revenue Agency. From 1995 to 1997, Joseph was co-counsel in the prosecution of two of the largest alcohol smuggling conspiracies in North American history, involving the evasion of twenty-six million dollars in federal taxes. From 1998 to 2001, he prosecuted R. v. DiPalma; a leading tax-preparer fraud case in Canada involving a gold mining scheme in Guyana and over 130 investor victims. From 2001 to 2008, he was senior co-counsel in the multi-million dollar tax fraud prosecution of R. v. DiGiuseppe involving secreted bawdy house income. From 2008 to 2012, he successfully prosecuted R. v. Witen; another multi-million dollar tax-preparer fraud.
In 2011, Joseph’s federal appointment as an Agent of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada was amended to enable him to represent individuals and corporations facing exposure for tax evasion under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Act and the Criminal Code. He acts for individuals and corporations who are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency and are at risk of being referred to the Criminal Investigations Program or who are under investigation for or charged with domestic and offshore tax evasion and fraud. He also advises tax shelters under audit or investigation by the CRA. In his tax evasion practice, Joseph frequently advises civil tax counsel and acts as criminal counsel to the Canadian and U.S. tax law boutique of Morris Kepes Winters LLP.
Joseph repesents clients charged with a broad range of fraud and fraud related offences, including, employee fraud, breach of trust, secret commissions, and frauds on the goverment.