Woman arrested at JKIA over fake KRA stamps from China released


Woman arrested at JKIA over fake KRA stamps from China released
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In Summary

  • Appearing before a Nairobi court, Jane Muthoni Gichengo pleaded not guilty and was freed on a Ksh.2 million cash bail or bond of Ksh.3 million.
  • The court heard that the accused on April 26, 2019 imported Ksh.900,000 counterfeit ready to drink excise duty stamps and Ksh.960,000 counterfeit spirits excise duty stamps concealed as labeling stickers.

A woman who was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) over alleged importation of Ksh.1.8 million fake excise stamps was on Monday charged.

Appearing before a Nairobi court, Jane Muthoni Gichengo pleaded not guilty and was freed on a Ksh.2 million cash bail or bond of Ksh.3 million.

The court heard that the accused on April 26, 2019 imported Ksh.900,000 counterfeit ready to drink excise duty stamps and Ksh.960,000 counterfeit spirits excise duty stamps concealed as labeling stickers.

The case was set for mentioning on September 30, 2019 with the hearing slated for October 1, 2019.

According to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Ms. Muthoni is suspected to be part of a criminal network that manufactures excise stamps in China and consigns them to Kenya under concealment.

“The stamps are then distributed through a local cartel to alcohol manufacturers and distributors facilitating nonpayment of lawful taxes to the government,” said the taxman.

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