tax evasion
Containers with illegal goods. /Courtesy

Police are investigating how a house help is the alleged owner of cigarette shipment facing tax evasion amounting to Sh 630 million that was impounded by the Kenya Revenue Authority in their continued crackdown for counterfeit goods.

The shipment was impounded at the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi in 40 foot containers containing more than 196 million sticks of high end cigarettes.

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The house help who is still at large is said to have been working with international partners under the company name  Quality GS Limited and Xplico Insurance Company Limited, a Nairobi-based firm with local and foreign directors.

Xplico Insurance Company is now caught up in what may turn out to be the irony of a health insurance provider who is also importing cigarettes for the same clients it aims to safeguard.

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This incident gives a good example of how crafty cartels of duty evasion jump taxation by using clueless relatives and domestic workers to do the dirty work for them.

Police are investigating who the real owner of the goods is hence the reason why they have not destroyed it yet.

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