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Two Alcohol Dealer directors Arraigned charged Over Sh. 337M Tax Evasion.

by Robert Guyana

Two directors of Crystal World Agencies have been charged with Omitting from Tax Returns production amounts which ought to have been included againt the law.

The two Caroline Njoki,Gasper Rogasiani Asenga and Company Crystal World Agencies were charged before Magistrate Muthoni Kamau at Milimani law courts and denied the charges.

Appearing before Milimani law courts magistrate Muthoni Kamau Njoki, the firm directors namely Caroline Njoki and Gasper Rogasaini pleaded not guilty to twenty six counts of filing to pay taxes and omitting from tax returns production amounts of Sh 337,243,501.

In the first count prosecution alleges that Njoki and Rogasaini and together with their company knowingly and unlawfully omitted from Excise Duty returns for the year 2015 production volumes totaling to 25, 650 litres of spirit which ought to have been declared to the Commissioner as required by the Excise Duty Act No.23 of 2015 laws of Kenya.

Njoki and Rogaisini alongside the said company are accused that between February 15, 2015 and January 20, 2016 within the Republic of Kenya failed to pay excise duty amounting to sh 4, 448, 750 for the year 2015.

The accused persons were also charged with failing to pay excise duty amounting to sh 581,522 for the year 2017.

As per the chargesheet the accused persons failed to file KRA returns between 2015 to 2020.

The accused persons through their lawyers urged the court to grant them reasonable bail and bond terms saying that the company was closed 2 years ago where KRA auctioned it.

It is alleged that the directors omitted from exercise duty returns amounting to Ksh 337.6m between the years 2015 and 2019.

Counsel Mwara Wabugu representing the accused told the court that KRA has been closing down businesses of innocent people in the name of revenue collection.

The accused were each released on a bond of Ksh 5m with an alternative cash bail of Ksh 5m. the case will be mentioned on 31st March 2022.

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