Patrick Murimi Mwangi charged with Ksh.11M tax evasion for cigarettes

Patrick Murimi Mwangi charged with Ksh.11M tax evasion for cigarettes

A businessman, Patrick Murimi Mwangi, was arraigned before Milimani Chief Magistrate for being in possession of uncustomed goods and excisable stamps.

He was charged before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku with offenses relating to repackaging and distribution of contraband cigarettes for the purposes of evading taxes amounting to Ksh. 11.6 million.

On the first count, the accused faces a charge of being in possession of 1.4 million sticks of uncustomed Supermatch cigarettes with a tax value of Ksh. 8.3 million.

This as required under section 200 D(iii) As Read with Section 210 (C) of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

The accused also faced a second count of being in possession of 50,000 pieces of excisable stamps made without authority of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) as required under Regulation 30(1)(E) of Excisable Goods Management System Regulation 2017.

The businessman was arrested in Githunguri in Kiambu County on December 22, 2020.

He denied both charges and was released on a bond of Ksh. 900,000 and alternative cash bail of Ksh. 200,000.

The case is set for a mention on February 22, 2021.

In a statement, KRA said it strives to detect and disrupt tax evasion schemes and prosecute criminals to ensure that all individuals pay their fair share of taxes.