An attorney had been granted $600,000 bail after giving himself up to the police at the San Fernando Police Station as a result of four (4) warrants taken out by the Inland Revenue Criminal Tax investigations Unit, relating to forged duty stamps on land deeds submitted to the Inland Revenue Division. The matter was heard in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
The first offence allegedly occurred on June 11, 2014, at the Registrar General Department, south office, where the attorney submitted a forged Deed of Conveyance which bore a stamp purportedly from the Stamp Duty Section of the Inland Revenue Division.
The false document was accepted and registered. The stamp on the document stated that the document was exempt of stamp duty and a penalty of $12 to be paid to the Inland Revenue Division, when in fact it had not been assessed, nor any penalty paid, further the Board of Inland Revenue had issued no such stamp on the document.
The other offence alleged that he cheated the Public Revenue of $48,250 stamp duty on a deed of conveyance for property with a market value of $ 1.9 million. The deed with a stated consideration of $450,000 also bore a false stamp which represented that the document had been assessed at the Inland Revenue Division, which purportedly attracted a penalty of $12.
Charges were laid and warrants taken out by Mr. Adesh Ramdeo, Criminal Tax Investigator attached to the Criminal Tax Investigations Unit of the Inland Revenue Division of the Ministry of Finance.