I’m unfairly targeted- Keroche boss says in 14 billion tax evasion scandal
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Keroche Breweries owners Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja for tax fraud totaling to KSh 14.4billion.
In a statement, the DPP noted that Keroche Breweries had evaded tax by failing to play excise duty and Value added Tax (VAT) for its various products.
The evasion, according to the statement, was between January 2015 and June 2019 with the DPP preferring 10 counts of tax fraud against the company’s directors.
In photos that made rounds on social media after the release of the statement, police officers were seen parked outside Keroche Breweries waiting to pounce on the two.
Hours later, Ms Tabitha Karanja issued a statement in which she condemned the DPP for the manner in which the matter was handled.
“Claims that Keroche Breweries is involved in tax fraud amounting to a collosal 14 billion is baseless and without facts,” the statement read in part.
In the statement, she also denied claims that she had received any communication from the DPP on the investigations and the pending arrest.
“We are deeply shocked beyond imagination by both the allegations made and the manner in which the matter was handled from the dissemination of the information,” the statement read further.
While distancing the company from the allegations of Tax fraud, Ms Karanja however noted that there was a pending dispute between Keroche and KRA which was being handled.
In a follow up interview with Citizen TV Ms Karanja explained that she would not show up at any police station since all the documents she had received were via social media.
The latest comes just days after billionaire Humphrey Kariuki was arraigned in court over allegations of tax evasion totaling to Ksh. 41 billion.
In a statement dated August 19 but released to journalists on Wednesday, the businessman said he is a victim of envious individuals, unsettled by his vast business empire across the world.