Thirty-six year old Taxi Operator, Troy Graham was on Sunday February 26, 2017 charged by officers of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) with Uttering Forged Documents.
The allegations are that on January 30, 2017, Mr. Graham attempted to renew his Driver’s Licence when it was discovered to be fraudulent. He was subsequently charged and offered bail in the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000).
Graham is set to appear in the Chapelton Resident Magistrate’s Court on March 15, 2017.
His arrest and charge brings to three, the total number of similar matters brought before that court by the RPD within the last six (6) months. In October 2016, a dressmaker of a Chapelton address pleaded guilty to a similar charge and paid an amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000). In December 2016, a farmer, also of a Chapelton address, was fined Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) or thirty days in prison, after pleading guilty to similar charges in October.
The Commissioner of Revenue Protection, Major Johanna Lewin, states: “It is against this background that the RPD is again warning members of the public against presenting fraudulent documents, or fraudulently obtained documents, to the Tax Administration Jamaica’s (TAJ) Tax Offices, as this is a criminal offence and offenders will be prosecuted. These three matters in a comparatively small geographic area reinforce the view that the use of fraudulent documents, the attendant risks to the public, losses to the revenue and general lawlessness is of serious concern and must be targeted by a multi-faceted and multi-agency approach.”
The Division goes further to encourage the use of legitimate services provided by TAJ through its 29 Tax Offices island-wide, or its online service.
March 3, 2017
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Revenue Protection Division
C/o Communication & Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Finance & The Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Tel: 928 – 5141
Toll free - 1.888.225.5773 (CALLRPD)
Fax: 928 - 9648
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