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FRCA investigates 3 employees for alleged obstruction

July 14, 2017 9:44 pm

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is investigating three employees of a prominent shopping mall in Suva for allegedly obstructing its officers during the course of their duties.

The alleged incident happened last week when two tax officers were doing routine inspection.

It is alleged the Mall Administrator instructed two of his security guards to forcefully remove FRCA officers from the premises.

FRCA chief executive, Visvanath Das, says the tax officers were carrying out their duties under the Income Tax Act and the Value Added Tax Act when they were stopped and removed from the building.

Obstructing a FRCA officer is a serious offence and attracts a fine of up to $25,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 24 months or both.

Charges were filed yesterday afternoon and the three will appear in the Suva Magistrates court at a later date.