Two Halifax residents fined for border infraction: CBSA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says two people have been sentenced to fines totaling nearly $44,000 for charges under the Customs Act. 

Carl Launt and his spouse Michelle Ferguson, of Halifax, pleaded guilty on May 7th and were sentenced in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Friday to two counts of making false statements and the non-report of goods. 

They must also pay a civil penalty of nearly $14,000 for the return of watches and a second civil penalty of over $44,000 was imposed for additional undeclared luxury items.

An investigation into the matter began after CBSA officers in Quebec examined a courier package sent from the Bahamas in September 2016. 

The shipment included two empty luxury watch boxes, certificates of authenticity, and receipts totaling over $45,000. 

The CBSA reminds those who travel to declare all purchases and items received when returning to Canada.