Fake, Stolen Revenue Instruments Rock LRA, MOT

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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.

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  1. The irony …incompetence, final chopping tactics and crocrogeeism all wrap in one. Your move let ppl pass…nonsense SMT (DA BASSA GEH WAY)

  2. What is going on here with this reportage? Could this be a case of plagiarism, or publishing the press release from the LRA verbatim? This is sickening, to say the least. Here is this very story culled from FrontPage website:

    FrontPageAfricaFrontPageAfrica

    Liberia Revenue Authority Uncovers Fake Revenue Instruments

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    Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), through its Customs Compliance and Enforcement Division, has discovered about 20 fake revenue instruments in the last few days.

    The LRA says that it has observed that there is a grand syndicate in the production of fake revenue instruments including vehicle registration, driver’s license certificates, government flag receipts, customs documents, as well as business registration documents that were discovered during a two-days.

    Two of those persons involved in the production of these fake revenue documents and robbing the country of legitimate revenues have been forwarded to the Liberia National Police for further investigation.

    Most of those involved in the unscrupulous acts are reported to be expeditors and employees of government ministries and agencies, who are conniving with other fraudsters outside.

    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 those criminals involved will not escape with impunity.

  3. This is what happens in a country that REFUSES automation of its systems and continues to rely on manual paper pushing processes and underpaid “expediters”!

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