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A former Launceston accountant faces charges of more than $2.1million when he appears for a plea in Launceston Magistrates’ Court next month. James Redmond Burrows, 36, now of Hawthorn East, Victoria, appeared via video link for the fifth time from a total of 338 charges on Tuesday. Police allege that Mr. Burrows, in his role as a tax agent, misappropriated individual tax returns and falsified business activity statements for his financial benefit from September 2017 to March 2020. The charges have been laid after a joint investigation between Tasmania Police and the ATO. LEARN MORE: Are our face masks up to the rapid spread of Omicron? Mr Burrows told the court that his lawyers, Victorian firm Varosso Legal, were on furlough until January 27. Magistrate Sharon Cure has therefore ordered that he plead his next appearance on February 22, 2022. Court documents show he is charged with 137 counts of fraud. allegedly involving a total of $373,000 and 19 counts of theft by embezzlement and theft by an officer totaling $204,800. One count of fraud involved $228.44 credited to a Sportsbet account. Mr. Burrows is charged with 122 counts of using a computer with intent to defraud for a total amount of more than $1 million. READ MORE: Nearly 7,500 active cases of COVID-19 in Tasmania Companies allegedly defrauded by Mr Burrows include Launceston companies Simle Pty Ltd, nearly $200,000, Webber Holdings, over $400,000 and Josh Hart Investments, over $204,000. The 28 counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception allegedly involve amounts between $144 and $19,216 for a total of $185,000. A chief alleges that Mr. Burrows obtained a financial advantage by deception by filing a false amount of credit associated with a tax return belonging to Blue Phoenix Super without their knowledge or consent. The alleged financial benefit of $19,216 came from the Australian Taxation Office. Mr. Burrows also faces 32 counts of inserting false information in the form of data involving a total of $377,000. The documents show that Mr Burrows used allegedly fraudulent funds to reimburse other clients of his JRB Accounting company. READ MORE: Passenger killed, one hospitalized after crash Numerous offenses were allegedly committed to pay debts to Tasmania2GoPty Ltd, a company owned by a business couple Mr Burrows allegedly robbed. Mr. Burrows allegedly billed a plaintiff $7,200 for tax work not done by him. On Tuesday, police prosecutor Mike Bonde said there would be a number of changes to the charges. In November, Mr Burrows told Ms Cure that he planned to enter into a plea deal. READ MORE: O’Keefe’s Hotel sold to long-time business in Launceston, Ms Cure told him the case would eventually be heard by the Supreme Court either for trial or sentencing if he pleads guilty. The court has already heard that the evidence includes 24 file cabinets and was provided on a hard drive due to the volume. Mr Burrows first appeared in May last year, then in June, August and October. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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