Kaieteur News publisher, wife facing tax evasion charges in Guyana

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The publisher of the Kaieteur News newspaper, Glenn Lall and his wife, Bhena.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday October 14, 2014, CMC – The publisher of the Kaieteur News newspaper, Glenn Lall and his wife, Bhena, are due to return to court on November 24 on multiple tax evasion charges.

The charges are in connection with importation of two luxury vehicles brought into the country by an elderly couple under the duty-free re-migrant scheme.

The prosecution alleges that between June 18, and September 20, last year, Lall and his wife “made and subscribed to false declarations on two Lexus LX 570 motor vehicles to be US$44,158 respectively, contrary to Section 217 (1a) of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01”.

They are also facing two counts of aiding and abetting in a conspiracy to defraud the government of due taxes.

The Lalls pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released by Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on their own recognizance.

Attorney Sandil Kissoon, who represented the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) had objected to the couple being released on their own recognisance. But the defence argued that the Lalls were well-known business people with millions in assets and unlikely to flee the country.

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