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Court to give verdict in sh1.9b fraud case

By Edward Anyoli

Added 1st December 2016 08:28 AM

The Anti- Corruption Court had heard all the evidence from the eleven prosecution witnesses, but when court ruled that Gurindwa had a case to answer, he absconded his trial.

     

The Anti- Corruption court has deferred a verdict in a case in which a clearing and forwarding agent is accused of defrauding Uganda Revenue Authority of sh1.9b.

Justice David Wangutsi on Wednesday deferred Paul Gurindwa verdict to December 23.

Gurindwa who has been on trial since 2014 jumped bail and fled to Canada after court had ruled that he had a case to answer. He was later arrested in Cananda and extradited.

The Anti- Corruption Court had heard all the evidence from the eleven prosecution witnesses, but when court ruled that Gurindwa had a case to answer, he absconded his trial.

Uganda Revenue Authority accused Gurindwa of allegedly evading taxes of shs1.9b which he was supposed to remit to the tax body (URA) on behalf of a Korean company (Korica).

Korica, which deals in importation of electrical equipment such as electric transformers, inductors and static converters say that it had hired Gurindwa to help pay taxes to URA but instead evaded taxes.

Prosecution through its officer in charge of litigation Peter Mulisa, said Gurindwa who was hired by Korica to remit taxes to URA allegedly failed to remit the revenue to the tax body but instead, presented fake receipts to Korica to show that taxes had been remitted.

Mulisa said Gurindwa created different invoices, with lower values, which he presented to URA for customs tax payments. He then allegedly proceeded to pay much lower taxes based on forged invoice values to URA.

Prosecution said he allegedly made another set of documents and bank receipts with value of taxes payable to URA and presented them to tax payers Korica for accountability.

According to URA Gurindwa failed to remit taxes amounting to shs1, 908, 279, 739 between 2008 and 2009 when he dealt with Korica as an agent. Gurindwa denied the allegation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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