A clearing and forwarding agent has been arrested by Kenya Revenue Authority for allegedly forging Customs documents to secure the release of motor vehicles from the Customs and Border Control.
The suspect, Benson Gakuva Nyaga was later arraigned before a Mombasa court to answer to charges of using falsified documents and attempting to evade a total of Khs 958,896 in duty.
He was charged that on the 21st day of February 2020 at Nyali within Mombasa County, jointly with others not before court knowingly involved himself in the fraudulent evasion of duty amounting to ksh 750,000 by falsifying bankers cheque from Faulu Bank and Presenting and purporting the same to be payment of customs Import duty for motor vehicle for a vehicle KCV 628E make Volkswagen Passat, lawfully payable to the commissioner of Customs.
He was also charged using a fake bankers cheque to pay pay duty to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Control for motor vehicle Toyota Ractis registration No KCS 981X which he knew or ought to have known to be false thereby evading to pay duty of ksh 208,896.
Upon investigation KRA detectives established the cheques presented for payment of duties were fraudulent, as one was forged and another one had been reported as stolen by the Bank.
This act of using fraudulent bankers cheques is a deliberate scheme to circumvent the Banks and KRA Systems in order to defraud government import taxes.
The accused denied committing the offence before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Ms Edna Nyaloti and the Court released him on a bond of Khs 200,000 with a surety of the same amount. The mention of the case was fixed on 27 th May 2021.