A local woman will spend several months in jail after pleading guilty to tax evasion in Calgary Provincial Court on Monday.

Christine Adindu, 41, was sentenced to seven months in jail and fined $58,191.

Adindu was the sole shareholder and sole director of both Lucia Holdings Inc. and Shoppers’ World and Spa Ltd.

The Canada Revenue Agency says she used forged invoices for both her companies to obtain GST refunds, which she was not entitled to, between July 2003 and December 2006.

The CRA conducted a search of her residence and seized 56 false invoices in the names of 18 different suppliers. 

Court records show that the false invoices were created to support the GST refund claims which totaled $1,444,136 and were then used to submit fraudulent GST claims in the amount of $94,471.