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The Canada Revenue Agency.
The Canada Revenue Agency.
(Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press)

Canada Revenue Agency cut deals with tax cheats rather than prosecute them

Catching international tax cheats is murky business.

In 2007, Heinrich Kieber, a data processor with the Liechtenstein banking firm LGT Group, walked out of his office with stolen files on thousands of customers from around the world.

He then sold his stolen data to the German government for millions of dollars and a new identity. Germany shared the data with allies – including Canada – and governments began combing through the files.