A logistics company director has been arraigned before Mombasa court for evading paying import duty to Kenya Revenue Authority duty of vehicle importation amounting to 1.218,423 million Kenya shillings as unpaid tax.
Julius Nyerere Opiyo the director of Lambval Logistics Limited was arraigned for the offences he committed between 1st April and 31st May 2016.
Julius is accused of evading tax of 1.218,423 million shillings by purporting that a used Toyota Mark X vehicles meant for export to south Sudan had exited Malaba border.
He is accused of using forged and fake Kenya Revenue Authority tax payment documents indicating his company paid the money at the Malaba border KRA offices on 4th May 2016.
The prosecution told the court the accused, Julius committed the offense together with other two people namely Joseph Odoyo Opiyo and Ephraim Micheni.
Colluded with KRA
Joseph Odoyo Opiyo is Julius brother and a fellow director Lambval Logistic company while Ephraim Micheni is an employee of KRA stationed at Malaba border.
The court heard when two of Julius accomplice Joseph and Ephraim were arrested on 1st July 2019 and charged at Mombasa courts where their case is ongoing.
Julius managed to escape the police dragnet and relocated to Malaba border on Uganda side where he has been operating the company from.
The prosecution told the court a warrant of arrest was issued against Julius and since then he has been on security radar.
Arrested by EACC
Julius was arrested by Investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission -EACC on 20th this month in Nairobi when he managed to sneak back in the country from Uganda.
The accused was later flown to Mombasa yesterday evening where he was charged before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti.
Julius pleaded not guilty to the charges and was given 1 million shillings bond with surety of the same, however he failed to raise the bond by yesterday and he was remanded at Shimo la Tewa prison.
The case will be mentioned on August 26th this year.