Senior tax collector sentenced
A SENIOR tax collector will spend the next nine months in prison after being found guilty of obtaining money by means of false pretence in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court earlier this week.
Denford Edwards, who was convicted of the offence, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment. He was arrested and charged by a member of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD).
The court heard evidence that Edwards collected a sum of money from a taxpayer on the basis that he was in a position to remove a three-year restriction off the title of a 2005 BMW X5, knowing that he had no authority to do so. He was subsequently arrested and charged in January 2014 by a policeman attached to the RPD.
The resident magistrate, in handing down the sentence, said that persons in government service must be held to a high standard as they have the trust of the people of the country and that the defendant had brought the system into disrepute.
The Commissioner of Revenue Protection, Major (Ret'd) Johanna Lewin, stated that the conviction had strengthened her confidence in the justice system and the judiciary's appreciation of the need to make strong statements when it comes to protecting the revenue and preserving the integrity of the tax administration.