The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has charged a freight forwarder whose company allegedly suppressed customs duties to the tune of GH¢16,396,908.10 between 2014 and 2019 to stand trial at the Criminal Division of the High Court in Accra.
Francis Yaw Terrison, 44, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gatyfax Logistics Limited, a clearing company located at the Kotoka International Airport, is facing three counts of falsification, alteration and forgery of official documents; fraudulent evasion of customs duties and charges, and money laundering.
The facts of the case accompanying the charge sheet prepared by the investigator, Detective Inspector Benson Gyamfi, indicated that in recent times, the GRA had not been able to meet its annual projected targets, a situation which had become worrying to the authority.
“In the light of this, the Intelligence Unit of the authority decided to conduct thorough audit into transactions of some key freight forwarders whose tax returns looked suspicious.
“Subsequently, the unit zoomed on the accused person’s company, Gatyfax Logistics Limited, and discovered that the accused person’s company had from 2014 to 2019 suppressed customs excise duties to the tune of GH¢16,369,908.10 for products his company cleared from Max International, a pharmaceutical company based in the United States of America,” the charge sheet said.
Source: Daily Graphic
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