Canadians who score cross-border deals in the United States continue to get caught while pushing their luck with lies at the border.
The Canada Border Services Agency said today that it had seized items from 28 people trying to cross the border into Manitoba in October, and issued more that $24,500 in fines.
The bulk of the troubles were at Manitoba's busiest border crossing, Emerson, directly south of Winnipeg. But two were reported at Boissevain.
On Oct. 16, the CBSA says, a Manitoba man arrived at the Boissevain crossing and declared a recreational vehicle at $1,500. Border officers say their investigation revealed he had actually paid $4,300.
The vehicle was seized and a $725 penalty was paid for its return. Had the man been honest, the CBSA says he would have only paid $225 in GST.
Then, on Oct. 26, a Saskatchewan man returning to Canada through Boissevain declared a boat he had purchased in the United States at $5.500. Officers felt the value appeared low and investigated further.
They say they determined that he had actually paid $7,500. The boat was seized and only returned to the man once a $1,430 penalty was paid. Had the value been delclared properly, he would have only paid $375 in GST.