KRA Interdicts 75 Staff on Allegations of Abetting Tax Evasion, Bribery

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The Kenya Revenue Authority on Friday interdicted 75 members of its staff on allegations of abetting tax evasion and bribery.

However, according to KRA’s statement, they have not been charged but being questioned.

“Investigations into the rackets have been in progress for the last four months with covert assistance provided by national law enforcement agencies to help in trailing money and communication,” it said.

Those accused, 61 are from Domestic Taxes Department and the remaining 14 are from Customs and Border Control Department.

“The practices in question include facilitation of fraudulent clearance of cargo, fraudulent amendment of tax returns so as to help taxpayers evade taxes and the irregular issuance of Tax Compliance Certificates,” the authority said in a statement.

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41 suspects have already been arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. DCI George Kinoti said detectives have recovered phones and other electronic gadgets the 41 used to commit fraud and theft saying they will be subjected to forensic analysis.

Going forward, the taxman says they set to implement an electronic Intelligence Gathering System in the next three months.