$80,000 in Fines and Penalties for Undeclared Jewelry

Photograph of the undeclared jewelry courtesy of the Canada Border Services Agency.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency — or CBSA — Meredithe Rechan of Ottawa was fined greater than $23,000.00 for failing to declare a watch, earrings and cuff links apparently worth a total of $125,300.00 when she returned from a trip to Singapore in September of 2010.

Rechan was also required to pay a penalty of greater than $56,000.00 for the return of the jewelry after pleading guilty last month in a court in Ottawa.

By declaring the Harry Winston ‘Semira Twirl’ jewelry upon entry into Canada and paying approximately $7,500.00 in goods and services taxes, or GST, Rechan — who is 48 years old — could have avoided being assessed the penalty and the fine, which totaled approximately $80,000.00.

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