KIGALI – Rwanda police have arrested five suspected of forging Electronic Billing Machine (EBM) receipts to claim VAT refund from Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).
Police said preliminary investigations pointed at four companies involved in the scam; Bondas, Orange Machinery, Optimum and Moonlight.
According to the New Times newspaper, the Central Regional; Police Spokesperson, Emmanuel Hitayezu, said the three had acquired forged EBM receipts from Bondas bearing the same items, same prices, issued at the same specific time. They were using the receipts to claim a tax refund from RRA.
The reference numbers on the forged receipts were the same. Each of the company attempted to make a tax reclaim using receipt number 2031 bearing items worth Rwf3.3 million with VAT of Rwf500,000.
The same applied to receipt numbers 2000 and 2027 bearing items worth Rwf1.5 million and Rwf6.6 million, with a VAT value of Rwf228,000 and Rwf1.1 million, respectively.
The owners of the companies (Orange Machinery, Optimum and Moonlight) that attempted to claim VAT refund had acquired the receipts from Bondas Company.
Hitayezu commended efforts in overcoming illegal business activities, and for facilitating the apprehension of the alleged fraudsters.
“This should serve as an example to those in the business community who are planning to indulge in such activities. Sooner or later, we will catch up with them and they will face the law,” Hitayezu said.
The suspects are being held at Kicukiro Police Station.
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