The Guyana Revenue Authority has launched a massive investigation into an alleged revenue leakage racket at the Cheddi Jagan Airport involving GRA Customs Officers.
In a statement, the GRA said several Customs Officers are under probe for their alleged role in a scheme to defraud the Authority of millions of state revenues.
“Investigations into the scheme are ongoing since the matter appears to date back several years and is linked to a select group of importers who appeared to have been allowed to clear goods without paying the correct or prescribed amount of duties”, the statement said.
According to the main revenue collection agency for the government, the discovery of the racket is part of its management’s efforts to “break the back of corruption that has plagued Guyana and to ensure that the prescribed government revenues are collected”.
The statement added that as a consequence, management is taking a serious view of the matter and intends to pursue serious disciplinary action against those involved in the racket.
The Customs Officers who are under investigation remain on duty even as the probe is underway.