Couple sentenced for 'Matrix' tax-evasion scheme

Ottawa Courthouse. (QMI Agency file photo)

Ottawa Courthouse. (QMI Agency file photo)

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

OTTAWA — A west-end dentist and his wife got house arrest Monday and were fined the taxes on more than $1 million in undeclared income after admitting to taking part in a “preposterous” scheme ripped from the plot of The Matrix.

Clarke Webster, 63, and his wife Mary Margaret, 61, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and were sentenced to one-year and six-month conditional sentences respectively.

Together, they were fined $342,407 — every penny of the unpaid taxes from 2004 to 2009 on income from Clarke Webster’s dental practice and his wife’s salary as office manager.

The Websters were followers of Russ Porisky, a Chilliwack, B.C., man sentenced to 4 1/2 years behind bars for helping followers evade an estimated $11.5 million in taxes with his “natural person theory.”


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