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Nigerian on Sh80mn tax evasion charge in Nairobi

She is accused of committing the offences between January 1, 2011 and April 30, 2016/FILE

She is accused of committing the offences between January 1, 2011 and April 30, 2016/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 13 – A Nigerian national was on Friday arraigned before a Nairobi court and charged with seven counts of tax evasion amounting to Sh81 million.

Uchenna Valerie Bassey, a director at human resource recruiting agency, Kimberly Ryan Kenya Ltd, was charged with six counts of failing to remit to the KRA Sh70 million accruing from unpaid Pay As You Earn for employees at the organisation and employees of various companies under the management of the agency.

The accused was also charged with failing to remit Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to Sh11 million being payment for human resource consultancy services rendered to various clients.

She is accused of committing the offences between January 1, 2011 and April 30, 2016.

Bassey was arrested on Wednesday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while boarding a flight to London by immigration officers following a departure prohibition order issued by KRA to stop her from leaving the country until the taxes are paid.

She was released on Sh2 million bond. Her passport was also retained by the court.

The case will be heard on September 21, 2016.

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