[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), has managed to take possession of two Lexus vehicles that are at the center of an alleged $40 million tax fraud involving Kaieteur News Publisher Glen Lall, Commissioner General of the GRA, Khursid Sattaur has confirmed.
Sattaur told iNews that the move was voluntary on the part of the GRA Officer who had refused access earlier but refused when asked to identify the Officer.
“I think he has come to his senses or awaken from the slumber he was in,” the GRA Head said; adding that “I act fearlessly and no one can interfere when I act, so the protection he probably thought he would get from higher up he realized he didn’t get it and his day was up… he is now more concerned with if his job is secured.”
According to Sattaur, now that the vehicles are in their custody a full investigation would be carried out.
He described the actions of the Officer that had attempted to protect what could possibly be a major cheat of taxes as abominable, distasteful and an embarrassment.
Earlier in the day, he told iNews that both vehicles are worth approximately US$90,000 each; adding that the GRA would have been cheated some $40 million in taxes.
Reports are that two Lexus vehicles were imported by a couple, who benefited from duty free concessions under the Re – migrant Scheme, but were not in possession of the vehicles which is in breach of a six month reporting period.
iNews learnt that the vehicles were awarded on the condition that it cannot be leased or transferred within three years but instead was in the possession of Lall and his wife.
Sattaur said it was sad to know that it was a GRA officer that prevented the enforcement Officers from entering his premises at Continental Park where the vehicles were said to be.
The GRA Head had warned that no one who tries to cheat the agency will be spared; adding that all legal action will be taken to bring closure to the matter. He said action will be taken against anyone who seeks to bring reprimand to the agency too.