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RPD releases details on Cross Roads tax office raid

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 12:47 PM

The Revenue Protection Division (RPD) has released details of the alleged incident that triggered yesterday’s raid at the Cross Roads tax office, in St Andrew.

Yesterday the RPD revealed that the raid by a joint team of law enforcement personnel was the result of an investigation into a multimillion-dollar fraud reportedly uncovered at a Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) collectorate.

According to the RPD, the probe ended last week with the arrest of Dermain Shakespeare, who was employed as a cashier at the Cross Roads tax office.

The agency reports that on January 10 auditors at TAJ were conducting a surprise audit when a cheque with certain irregularities was allegedly found in the possession of Mr. Shakespeare.

It’s alleged that the endorsement on the cheque indicated that it was used by a taxpayer to make payments in excess of $400,000.

RPD alleges that while conducting checking-off procedures, auditors found that Shakespeare also had excess cash of over $470,000.

It says a probe revealed that the taxpayer whose information appeared on the cheque had made a cash payment at Shakespeare’s station.

Four other cashiers and a St Andrew businesswoman were taken into custody during yesterday’s raid and the RPD has indicated that there could be more arrests.