The Guyana Revenue Authority has sent a number of its staff members home as part of a probe into an illegal operation involving forged driver’s licenses and certificates of registration and licenses.
The GRA described the staff members as “unscrupulous” and said they appeared to have been working in collusion “with willing outside participants and members of the public” in the issuance and use of the documents that were illegally issued.
The GRA said it will not at this time divulge full details since the investigation is ongoing, but it wishes to remind taxpayers that all financial transactions should be conducted by the cashiers and an official GRA receipt should be issued for all monies paid.
“The GRA will continue to work to improve its systems to minimize illegal activity and ensure that integrity and transparency are the hallmark of the agency. However, it needs the help of the general public in ridding the agency of staff who are determined to discredit the Authority by engaging in unscrupulous activities with willing participants and confidence tricksters”, the statement said.
Two years ago, there was a major fraud at a local commercial bank that involved forged documents that had been issued by a staffer at the GRA who allegedly worked in collusion with a bank staffer. Those documents were used to access loans for persons who never existed, but had registration and other documents in their names.