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Five arrested in fraud crackdown at Cross Roads tax office

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 11:25 AM

Christopher Serju, Gleaner Writer

Four employees of the Cross Roads tax office in St Andrew and a businesswoman were this morning arrested during a surprise operation conducted by the Revenue Protection Division, with help from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and Financial Investigation Division.

MOCA, in a news release, advised that operations conducted simultaneous across several parishes were targeting major fraud allegedly committed at a collectorate of Tax Administration Jamaica.

The scheme has reportedly deprived the tax-collection agency of millions of dollars.

Motorists and other persons who tried to do business at the Cross Roads tax office this morning were turned away without explanation by members of MOCA.

“Closed for a while,” was the vague response from officers manning both entrances, with no explanation as to when the office would open for regular business.

One motorist told The Gleaner that his vehicle's fitness certificate expires today and he was at a loss as to whether the other tax offices were open for business and lamented the lack of information on the closure.