– to answer to tax fraud, threatening language charges
Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, his wife Bhena Lall, the owner of Bhena’s Footwear and remigrant couple Naroontandeo and Gharbassi Brijnanan are expected to make an appearance in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts today.
The four are charged with attempting to defraud the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and by extension the State of over $100 million in taxes payable on the import of two vehicles from the US.
On Monday, October 13, all four individuals were charged with tax fraud at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts; however, the Brijnanan’s were not present for the first court hearing.
Lead defence Attorney for the four alleged fraudsters, Khemraj Ramjattan had said that they would be present at the next court hearing, which is this morning.
Lall on Friday was also charged for allegedly making threats to GRA Commissioner General Khurshid Sattaur and will also appear before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s to answer to that charge.
Following the threat, the GRA Commissioner General had told Guyana Times that he is fearful for his life as Lall had killed a man before.
Sattaur was referring to the murder of Kenny France some 20 years ago. It was reportedly the most egregious example of vigilante murder in McDoom.
Despite committing the murder, no sanction was brought against Lall, and the action seems to have set in train a pattern of excesses by Lall that continue to this day with the latest charge of tax fraud.
The GRA is claiming that remigrants Narootandeo and Gharbassi Brijnanan of Number 61 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, had imported two Lexus LX 570 motor vehicles into Guyana; however, the two vehicles were not kept or used by the remigrants.
This is in breach of the Customs Act and the conditions of the grant of the duty-free concession.
Driven by the Lalls
The GRA said investigations have revealed that the vehicles are being driven by the Publisher of Kaieteur News Mohan Lall called “Glenn Lall” and his wife Bhena Lall. The Authority has since seized the vehicles and filed six criminal charges against the four persons.