KRA impounds Ksh3.1M concealed in jacket, shipped as parcel

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 9 Nov, 2021 20:26 | < 1 min read
KRA recover Ksh 3.1M shipped as parcel to USA. PHOTO/TWITTER

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) seized Ksh3.1 million concealed in a jacket packed in a suitcase at City Square Post Office in the USA.

The money was stashed in a jacket and packed together with clothes and books shipped as a parcel to a Nigerian national identified as Peter Oluwafemi Olaiwon of South Carolina USA.

In a statement, KRA noted that Peter was arrested on the spot after he walked to the post office to collect the parcel.

"Peter, very unsuspecting of the discovery walked into the office to pick the parcel & was arrested on the spot. He was arraigned in court on 8th with charges of financial promotion which is an offence contrary to section 12 of The Proceeds Of Crime & Anti-Money Laundering Act," KRA statement read.

The suspect was later arraigned in court but pleaded not guilty to both charges and was released on a cash bail of Kshs150,000 and is also expected to execute a personal bond of Kshs200,000.

This comes a day after KRA announced a new crackdown on Kenyans flaunting cash and displaying a lavish lifestyle on Social Media whose taxes do not add up.

In a statement by KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu, KRA said it has assigned a number of officers to spend time on social media scouting for wealthy persons whose tax records are not in line with what they showcase online.

The Commissioner-General said the decision was made in order to add more Kenyans into the tax bracket.