Special Prosecutor Finds Council of State Member Aided By State Officials To Cheat GH¢1.074M In Taxes

Special Prosecutor Finds Council of State Member Aided By State Officials To Cheat GH¢1.074M In Taxes

  • It has been alleged that a Council of State member has used her influence to breach the tax obligations of her company
  • A report by the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng said Ms Eunice Asomah-Hinneh withheld GH¢1.074 million in taxes from the state
  • Her company, Labianca Company Ltd, a frozen foods company, illegally obtained reduced tax liabilities, according to the OSP

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor has accused a member of the Council of State, Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, of cheating taxes to the tune of GH¢1.074 million.

According to Kissi Agyebeng, a company owned by the Council of State member, Labianca Company Limited, failed to declare a shortfall in import duties paid to Ghana Revenue Authorities (GRA).

A report by the state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper explained that the Special Prosecutor has accused Ms Asomah-Hinneh of using her influence as a member of the council to get GRA officials to illegally reduce her company's tax liabilities.

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Kissi Agyebeng and Asomah-Hinneh
L-R: Kissi Agyebeng and Eunice Asomah-Hinneh. Source: Facebook/@francis.abban, @Graphicgh
Source: Facebook

The report also alleged that the Board of Directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) aided in Ms Asomah-Hinneh.

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The Special Prosecutor has since retrieved the money, according to the Daily Graphic.

Meanwhile, Ms Asomah-Hinneh has denied her company breached any tax regulations.

She told the newspaper that she did not engage in any influence peddling and has not even seen the report by the OSP.

"I cannot give any comment because I have not seen any report from the Special Prosecutor. I do not even know that the report is out," she told the Daily Graphic.

Popular anti-corruption campaigner and Accounting Professor, Stephen Kwaku Asare (Kwaku Azar) has said it is not enough for the Special Prosecutor to just retrieve the money.

He said in a Facebook post on Monday, August 8, 2022, that persons found culpable in the report must "pay interest, penalties, and face criminal prosecution."

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In an unrelated story, YEN.com.gh reported that the media in Nigeria is reporting that a Federal High Court in Lagos has jailed some 20 Ghanaian fishermen for illegally bringing a banned substance known popularly as 'wee' in the country from Ghana.

The reports on the case show that one Justice Nicholas Oweibo sentenced the Ghanaian fishermen on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

They were found guilty of conspiracy and unlawful transportation of the illegal substance.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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