The LRA in a joint sting operation in collaboration with the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) busted two of its employees for soliciting and receiving a bribe and also compromising a tax audit bill.
The two LRA Tax Auditors, Isaac Tamba and Rose Dahn of the Medium Tax Audit Section of the Domestic Tax Department, were arrested in the act on Friday, September 16, 2016, by undercover revenue protection and security agents of the LRA and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).
The two tax auditors were arrested for receiving a bribe of US$3,000 from a businessman (name withheld). The US$3,000 bribe was a 50% partial payment of a compromise fee of US$6,000, which they requested from the businessman in order to compromise and reduce a tax audit liability prepared by them from an amount of several thousand United States dollars to US$4,000. The two tax auditors conspired to reduce the tax audit bill in favor of the businessman to receive a bribe.
The deal was that the two tax auditors will receive and share a US$6,000 (six thousand dollars) bribe; that the tax bill will be reduced to US$4,000; and a tax payment of US$4,000 would be deposited into the GOL general revenue account.
The LRA was alerted by a whistleblower in consultation with the businessman as this was the second time LRA Tax Auditor Rose Dahn and others allegedly received about US$20,000 (twenty thousand) to compromise another audit bill with the same businessman. LRA’s
Professional Ethics Assistant Commissioner and the Senior Security and Investigation Consultant to the Commissioner General in collaboration with LACC implemented the operation.
LACC and LRA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fighting corruption in the LRA including illicit trading, tax fraud, tax evasion, smuggling, false/under declarations.
The two employees were arrested in the act of receiving the bribe money during a sting operation, at which time the US$3,000 was recovered.
The LRA Tax Auditors are currently under investigation by the LACC and will be forwarded to court with evidence for prosecution under the Penal Code.