The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) says it has discovered about 20 fake revenue instruments in the last few days through its Customs Compliance and Enforcement Division.
The LRA said in a press release yesterday that it has discovered a grand syndicate that produces fake revenue instruments, including vehicle registration, driver’s license certificates, government flag receipts, customs documents as well as business registration documents.
Th LRA’s press release came the same day as it was reported that the Ministry of Transport (MOT) was burglarized over the weekend. Items stolen from MOT were mainly “revenue instruments,” the Daily Observer overheard employees explain.
Up to press time, MOT officials remained tightlipped about the theft incident, especially after a staff meeting held around mid-day yesterday. Besides an investigation that has been launched into the incident, no details from the meeting were given.
From the LRA end, two of the persons involved in the production of the fake revenue documents and are robbing the country of legitimate revenues have been arrested and forwarded to the Liberia National Police for further investigation.
Most of those involved in these unscrupulous acts are reported to be expeditors and employees of government ministries and agencies, who are conniving with other fraudsters from without, the release said. The criminal act extends beyond vehicle and business registration certificates.
The LRA is meanwhile calling on the public to help stand up against this threat to economic development of ‘mama Liberia’ by reporting all such acts to the LRA. The LRA is also warning that the criminals involved will not escape with impunity.