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Horse tale at border costs Aldergrove couple $71,634 in penalties
Two Aldergrove residents told a very costly lie when trying to bring an American quarter horse across the border last month.
On June 23, two returning residents arrived at the Aldergrove border crossing with a quarter horse they bought in Texas.
They declared to the officer that they had paid $10,000 US for it.
However, through questioning, Border Service Officers determined that the actual payment was $140,505 Canadian. Both individuals were arrested and are facing possible prosecution, said the Canadian Border Services Agency.
An administrative penalty of $71,634 CAD was applied on the undervalued amount.
The penalty was paid and the horse was released from CBSA custody.
Had the travellers made a truthful declaration they would have paid $16,860.60 CAD in duties and taxes.