Two Dar businessmen facing tax evasion, money laundering charges

31Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Two Dar businessmen facing tax evasion, money laundering charges

TWO businessmen were yesterday arraigned at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court facing seven charges including tax evasion and money laundering worth about 5.5bn/-.

The two accused, Ike Godfrey (30) also known as Maliki a resident of Tabata Segerea and Abdi Mussa appeared before resident magistrate Thomas Simba at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court.

Senior State Attorney Wankyo Simon assisted by State Attorney Sylvia Mitanto claimed before magistrate Simba that the accused had on July 13, 2019 and April, 16 2020 in various places of the city of Dar es Salaam conspired to evade tax.

Wankyo continued to say on May 5, one of the accused, Maliki forged Mahamood Warsame’s signature with an aim of showing that it was a true signature while knowing that it was not true.

He further claimed that on the same date, Maliki having the plan of forging, introduced himself to Faustina Seki saying he was Warsame which was not true.

In the fourth count, Simon claimed that on July 13, 2019 and April 16, 2020 in various places within Dar es Salaam, using Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) that have not been registered in his names with an aim of evading tax, the accused managed to evade tax amounting to 136,947,481/- which was supposed to be paid to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

The State Attorney continued to allege that on the same mentioned dates Mussa failed to pay taxes amounting to 5,397,431,501/- and on the sixth count, the accused Mussa using an EFD machine that was not registered in his name caused a loss amounting to 5,571,205,189/-.

The suspects were not required to answer anything because the court has no jurisdiction to hear economic sabotage cases.

The prosecuting side claimed that investigations into the case was not complete hence requested for another date for the case to be mentioned.

The accused were all taken back to remand until 12, August when the case will be mentioned again.

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