Sentencing of Burke deferred until New YearTuesday 14 December 2004 22.46
The sentencing of former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke for tax offences has been reserved by Judge Desmond Hogan until after Christmas.
Last July, 60-year-old Burke admitted knowingly or wilfully furnishing incorrect information during the Government's tax amnesty in 1993 by failing to declare income of over £151,000.
He also pleaded guilty to knowingly or wilfully furnishing incorrect information to the Inspector of Taxes on or after 15 December 2003 by failing to declare income of just over £24,000.
The former Minister for Justice and Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is currently on bail, could face a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to €127,000, or both.
Burke was originally facing three counts but when he pleaded guilty in July one charge was dropped.
The criminal prosecution of the former minister arose out of a Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into breaches of tax amnesty legislation.