The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has intercepted 1000 cartons of People Vodka affixed with counterfeit excise stamps with a tax implication of over a one million shillings.
The consignment was intercepted along Nairobi-Nakuru highway within Nakuru County aboard an Isuzu FRR lorry. Upon verification by a multiAgency team, the stamps were found to be counterfeit. The driver of the lorry, Gilbert Njogu was arrested and charged with the offence of being in possession of counterfeit excise stamps contrary to the Excise Duty Act and Regulations. He pleaded not guilty and was granted a bond of KShs. 200,000.
Upon conviction, the accused person shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both a fine and imprisonment.
Taxpayers are encouraged to pay their taxes and remain compliant with tax laws in order to avoid punitive enforcement measures including prosecution and forfeiture of vehicles conveying counterfeit goods. KRA remains committed in building taxpayers trust through facilitation to foster compliance and provide a level ground for all traders.