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TAJ employee charged in multi-million dollar tax racket

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has charged a tax auditor attached to Tax Administration Jamaica for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act in a multi-million dollar tax racket.
 
Rhemalee Wint-Lewis was arrested last Thursday during a special operation conducted by detectives attached to MOCA and the Revenue Protection Department.
 
She was offered station bail in the sum of $400,000 and is to appear in the Manchester Parish Court on October 4.
 
Investigators allege that in July, this year, Mrs Wint-Lewis informed a taxpayer that there was an audit being conducted on their business, which showed a preliminary assessment in the amount of $20 million.
 
It is further alleged that she asked the taxpayer for a meeting to discuss the matter in private.
 
During this and subsequent meetings, Mrs. Wint-Lewis allegedly offered to reduce the audit significantly by various means.
 
She reportedly demanded $3 million and a Honda CRV as payment.
 
The matter was reported to the authorities, and during a sting operation Mrs Wint-Lewis was held with the cash.
 


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