KRA official charged with tax evasion and fraud
Accused of conspiring to evade payment of import duty amounting to Sh6.5 million for a Range Rover belonging to CS Eugene Wamalwa
Two agents and a KRA customs official were yesterday charged in a Nairobi court with fraudulently importing and registering luxury vehicles without paying taxes.
The vehicles include a Range Rover for Water CS Eugene Wamalwa.
George Opanga, John Malogo and Elija Hamasi, alias Kevin Hamisi, appeared before Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku.
They denied charges of conspiracy to evade payment of duty.
Opanga, a Kenya Revenue Authority employee, was charged with 22 other counts of making false entries at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Customs Warehouse, Nairobi.
The charge sheet stated that on July 16 he jointly conspired to evade payment of import duty amounting to Sh6.5 million. This was for the Range Rover belonging to Wamalwa.
The magistrate declined to release the vehicle to the CS after the court was informed he had not paid the tax. Mutuku declined to view the vehicle at the Milimani parking lot after the KRA prosecutor asked the court to view it so it could be released to Wamalwa after paying taxes.
Opanga was also accused of interfering with information stored in customs computer system. He is charged with fraudulently interfering with the KRA online system to reflect that import duty had been paid for the Range Rover.
He faces other counts involving fraudulent importation of luxury vehicles with the intention of evading taxes. Opanga is also accused of procuring uncustomed high-end vehicles, whose total tax value was more than Sh7 million.
Opanga was released on Sh2 million bail. Malogo and Hamasi were each released on Sh500,000 bail. The matter will be mentioned on October 24.
In May, documents presented in court showed Wamalwa owes the Kenya Revenue Authority Sh6.59 million. Wamalwa said he is the second owner of the vehicle, having purchased it from Grace Wambui.
Wambui and 10 others filed a petition at the High Court, accusing the taxman of not giving them adequate time to comply with a directive to present their vehicles for inspection.