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Dunedin lawyer disbarred over tax evasion

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

A bundle of New Zealand money. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson A bundle of New Zealand money. A former Dunedin barrister has been struck off after being caught in a $180,000 tax evasion.

Raelene Marie Kelly fled to Australia before her trial and was convicted of 46 offences in her absence.

She was formally struck off as a barrister on Friday by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Her convictions include aiding and abetting her incorporated law firm to commit tax offences resulting in her owing more than $60,000 in unpaid PAYE deductions and upwards of $122,000 in GST.

Kelly used the money to pay for her mortgage, overseas travel, alcohol, private school fees and a monthly Jaguar car payment, NZ Law Society prosecutions manager Mark Treleaven said.

She was ordered to pay the law society more than $12,000 in costs plus the costs of the hearing which she did not attend.

Kelly, an Australian citizen, is believed to be in Melbourne.

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