Woman owing gov’t Sh81 million arrested while fleeing the country

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A Nigerian national was arraigned in a Nairobi court Friday and charged with seven counts of tax evasion amounting to Sh81 million.

Ms Uchenna Valerie Bassey, a director at human resource recruiting agency, Kimberly Ryan Kenya Ltd, was charged with six counts of failing to remit to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Sh70 million accruing from unpaid Pay As You Earn (PAYE) for employees at the organisation and employees of various companies under the management of the agency.

The accused was also charged with failing to remit Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to Sh11 million being payment for human resource consultancy services rendered to various clients.

She is accused of committing the said offences between 1st January, 2011 and 30th April, 2016.

Ms Bassey was arrested on August 3 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while boarding a flight to London by Immigration Officers following a Departure Prohibition Order issued by KRA to stop her from leaving the country until the taxes are paid.

She was released on Sh2 million bond or cash bail of Sh1 million and a surety of the same amount. Her passport was also retained by the court.

The accused contravened the provisions of the Tax Procedures Act, VAT Act and Income Tax Act.

The case will be heard on 21st September, 2016.

Report by Michael Karanja.

 

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