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Revenue Protection Division arrests two for forgery, embezzlement

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 5:02 AM

Two people arrested by officers of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) are now before the court on allegations of uttering forged documents and embezzlement.

In the first instance, Llewellyn Samuels, a 47-year-old businessman of a St Andrew address was arrested and charged with ‎uttering forged documents.

It is alleged that the owner of a motor truck had asked Samuels to licens‎e the vehicle.

Samuels allegedly presented a motor ‎vehicle registration certificate to the owner that indicated that the licen‎sing‎ fees had been paid.

The certificate was subsequently presented at a Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) location where it was identified as one that had been stolen from the TAJ.

The RPD was alerted ‎and following investigations Samuels was arrested.

Meanwhile, Steven Ming, a 38-year-old employee of Tax Administration Jamaica’s Property & Security Unit has been arrested and charged with embezzlement.

It's alleged that while working as a compliance officer in the Property Tax Unit, Ming accepted monies from taxpayers to pay property tax arrears.

The ‎RPD said the sums were not paid and subsequent cheques collected from other taxpayers to pay specified arrears, were allocated to the original arrears in an attempt to address the outstanding balances.

Ming is booked to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on June 2, 2016.

The RPD says persons who might have any information that may assist in these or any other matter should call the division at 1-888-CALLRPD (225-5773) or email rpdinfo@mof.gov.jm.