UPEI professor charged with tax evasion

A 55-year-old professor at the University of Prince Edward Island has been charged with tax evasion.

Sean Michael Hennessey, of Charlottetown, faces six counts under the Income Tax Act and three counts under the Excise Tax Act. The charges include filing false personal income tax statements and evading payment.

Hennessey is currently on leave from the university.

The 55-year-old man is accused of failing to disclose more than $45,000 of personal income in each of the tax years of 2008, 2009 and 2010.

During that time, Hennessey served as faculty director at the University of Prince Edward Island's Tourism Research Centre, which conducts research for the government and for the tourism industry on a fee-for-service basis.

He also runs his own consulting business.

The charges were laid in Charlottetown provincial court on Friday by an investigator with the Canada Revenue Agency, which alleges Hennessey owes thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes.

Hennessey is scheduled to appear in Charlottetown provincial court on April 29.

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