BOC wins P1.779-M smuggling raps vs. trader

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — The Bureau of Customs' Run After The Smugglers (BOC-RATS) has won the P1.779-million smuggling case it filed before the Court of Tax Appeals against a trader.

This was after the CTA convicted the trader who misdeclared his vehicle shipment as replacement parts.

In a ruling dated Dec. 12, 2012 and released to the public Tuesday, the CTA found Roell Paquit Sayson guilty of violating Section 3601, in relation to Section 2530, paragraphs f, l (3), (4) and (5) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

The accused was meted out a penalty of not less than eight years and one day to 12 years' imprisonment, and to pay a fine of P8,000.

Sayson's estimated taxes and duties due to the government are P1,779,770.61.

On Feb. 7, 2008, the BOC discovered that Sayson declared a shipment on board the vessel S/S Maas Trader as used truck replacement parts but actually contained six units of Kia Sportage and three units of Hyundai Galloper.

These were found to have been prohibited importation under Section 3 of Executive Order No. 156 and relevant customs laws, rules and regulations. (PNA)

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