Some unknown people Tuesday night broke into Malawi Revenue Authority’s (MRA) auditing department at Msonkho House along Independence Drive where they have stolen computers containing final report about over K50 billion tax evasion scam.
The Authority has been probing three Malawians of Asian origin for allegedly evading tax amounting to over K50 billion.
“We just noticed this morning that the computers are missing; one of them contained final report of the probe MRA has conducting in line with Abdul Karim Batatawala’s tax evasion allegations.
“At the moment, the authorities have asked for CCTV footages in an attempt to trace the people believed to have stolen these gadgets. Karim is using his better financial muscle to corrupt and beat tax collection system by ‘planting’ his boys within the Authority,” alleged the source privy to the incident.
In November last year, MRA in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), through the Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre, issued three warrants of arrests for the three suspects.
Three suspects, Abdul Karim Batatawala of Lido Enterprises, Aslam Batatawala and Mahomed Amin Batatawala were being hunted to answer tax evasion charges.
Karim Batatawala was wanted to answer charges on five counts namely, “knowingly concealing and suppressing sales information with a view of fraudlently evade Value Added Tax (VAT) contrary to Section 49(1) of the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi; Knowingly omitting from a statement made to the officer of the Malawi Revenue Authority without which the statement is misleading in any material particular contrary to Section 47(1) as read with Section 47 (2)(a) of the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi and; falsification of and willfully using a falsified document required under the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi.
He also faces charges on intent to defraud, preparing and maintaining or causing the preparation and maintenance of false books, accounts and tax returns and falsifying or causing to the falsification of such books, accounts and tax returns contrary Section 11 (4) (c) of the Taxation Act Cap. 41:01 of the Laws of Malawi; and omitting from a return of income with intent to defraud an amount which should have been included therein contrary to Section 112 (3)(b) as read with 112(4)(a) of the Taxation Act Cap. 41:01 of the Laws of Malawi.
Similarly, Aslam Batatawala face charges on five counts. He was suspected to have swindled government of over K15 billion in taxes.
Likewise, the third suspect, Mahomed Amin Batatawala was suspected to evaded over K5 billion.
When called to find out more on the matter, MRA Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs, Steve Kapoloma could neither deny of confirm.
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