Three auditors of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) are being investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for their reported involvement in soliciting bribes to compromise taxes in the millions of dollars.
According to a press release from the LRA, those arrested to face criminal charges following the LACC investigation include Messrs. Alexander Harris, Paul Siafa and Sidiki Kanneh.
They were arrested following a tipoff that they were soliciting bribes from a taxpayer, the release further said.
The three auditors were arrested by the LACC Enforcement Unit in Monrovia on last Wednesday, May 31, for alleged extortion and criminal solicitation to reduce the tax liability of a business entity.
The auditors who are assigned within the Large Tax Division of the LRA are said to have requested the business entity to give them US$12,000 (twelve thousand United States dollars) in exchange for the cancelation of a tax audit bill of initially US$5m prepared by them covering the period January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015.
The three were arrested at the offices of the business entity and brought to the LACC offices for questioning.
Tax practitioners, in their regular stakeholders’ engagement with the LRA, had complained of LRA auditors soliciting bribes and exhibiting extortionist behavior, the LRA release noted.
Tax practitioners and the public have been requested to help the LRA fight the menace, the release stated.
Meanwhile, the LRA and the LACC have expressed thanks to the taxpayer for the collaboration in exposing the bribery scheme.