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Kelowna jeweller pleads guilty to making false statements

The owner of a prominent Kelowna business admitted Monday to shortchanging the provincial government.

Heather Ann Haworth, of longtime local business James Haworth and Son Jewellers, appeared in court to enter the plea of guilty to making false or deceptive statements under the Provincial Sales Tax Act.

It's been alleged that she stiffed the provincial government, by directing staff to not pay the full amount of sales tax.

The practice allegedly got underway in 2004 and cost the government a loss in the area of  $200,000.

Haworth and her company return to court July 3 to wrap up court proceedings.

 

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