Officials at the Canada Border Services Agency are making an example out of an Ottawa woman who had to pay more than $80,000 in penalties for failing to declare a Harry Winston watch and other jewelry upon returning to Canada from Singapore in 2010.

“It is the CBSA’s responsibility to ensure that applicable duties and taxes on imported goods are properly collected,” said Denis R. Vinette, CBSA regional director general for northern Ontario, in a press release about the woman’s case.

Meredithe Rechan, 48, had bought the designer watch, cuff links and earrings valued at $125,300 during her trip in September 2010.

A followup investigation led CBSA officials to her home, where the items were seized.

 
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