Company rapped for tax fraud

The company’s activities have caused ‘substantial damage to government coffers,’ the NBI said in the complaint.

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal complaints against the 31 officers and employees of a firm allegedly engaged in nationwide tax fraud and economic sabotage.

They were charged with falsification of commercial documents, fraudulent conduct of business, acting as intermediaries for graft and corrupt practices, and printing fraudulent receipts or sales or commercial invoices.

The raps were filed by the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division before the Department of Justice.

Among those haled before the DoJ were head of operations Bernard Lu Chong, general manager Alaine Margaret Chua Chong, and chief accountant Jay Antonio Chua.

The NBI said the respondents were “primarily responsible in the creation and operation of the said company with several dummy or ghost supplier corporations created to issue fake or fraudulent commercial receipts.”

The company, Brenterprise International Inc., has been operating for more than 15 years now, investigators said.

They added that the receipts and sales invoices issued by the company were allegedly procured by its clients to evade payment of taxes due to the government.

The company’s activities have caused “substantial damage to government coffers,” the NBI said in the complaint.

The DoJ is now set to conduct a preliminary investigation into the complaints.

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