Failed property developer Dave Henderson’s last battle with Inland Revenue has landed him a sentence of community detention and community service.
Henderson appeared before Judge Gary McAskill in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday for sentencing on seven charges of aiding and abetting his company Dweller Ltd to apply tax deductions or deemed tax deductions for purposes other than payment to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
The charges were first laid about four years ago and involved about $163,000.
[ Read Earlier story: Bankrupt Henderson guilty on tax charges published 17/0915
Henderson was found guilty in September after a judge-alone trial that took place over short periods spanning nearly a year.
Judge McAskill sentenced Henderson to 200 hours’ community service and four months’ community detention, meaning he must stay in his apartment at Christchurch’s Heritage Hotel building between 7pm and 7am.
Henderson was also ordered to pay $143,633 reparation.
Henderson has previous convictions on tax charges and fought Inland Revenue over a $1 million tax assessment in 1996. He eventually got the assessment overturned and was granted a refund of $65,000.
Inland Revenue put Henderson’s mothership company Property Ventures Ltd (PVL) into liquidation in 2010 and he was made bankrupt in the same year.
Story by Martin Van Beynen published 12/11/15