Nova Scotia

Halifax man forced to pay off stranger's tickets

A man says the $125 income tax refund he was expecting in the mail went to pay parking tickets instead — tickets he says aren't his.

Tax refund pays another man's tickets


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A Halifax man says his income tax refund went to pay another man with the same name's parking tickets instead. 2:29

A Halifax man says the $125-income tax refund he was expecting in the mail went to pay parking tickets instead — tickets he says belong to another man with the same name.

"Nobody can help me, just a judge. But it's nothing I've done wrong. But I now have to clear myself," James Sampson told CBC News.

There is apparently another James Sampson who has three unpaid parking tickets.

"I had no parking tickets. The parking tickets that they said that I had in my name were not even licence plates that were registered to me," Sampson said.

Sampson has his driving abstract proving that he doesn't have any parking tickets. 

The Canada Revenue Agency referred Sampson to provincial authorities because it was its collection order that cost him his tax refund.

He ended up at provincial court and was told he was convicted of the parking fines — which he said was news to him.

Sampson said the whole experience has frustrated him.

"Nobody's been able to explain to me yet. At what level did all of a sudden it go from that James Sampson to this James Sampson? When the address wouldn't have been correct. I'm sure our social insurance numbers weren't the same," he said.

"If they were sending summons to court to him and my address was different. I shouldn't have received any of these on my record."

Sampson has been told his tax refund wasn't big enough to cover all the outstanding parking tickets and he's been told there are more in the system that haven't been processed yet.

He has a court date set for next month when he will try and explain it to a judge in the hopes of clearing his name, and getting his tax refund back.