Gov’t lost about P50B in decade-long tax receipt scam; NBI files raps, says Remulla
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed complaints against 31 officers and employees of a company involved in nationwide tax fraud, which Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said has been going on for more than a decade that cost the government around P50-billion losses.
Facing complaints of falsification of commercial documents, fraudulent conduct of business, and acting as intermediaries for graft and corrupt practices are Bernard Chong and 30 others from Brenterprise International Inc.
“Per information gathered, the subject company responsible for the production of such fraudulent receipts and sales invoices has been operating in the guise of a legitimate corporation for more than fifteen (15) years,” read the referral letter sent to the National Prosecution Service (NPS).
“The aforesaid receipts and sales invoices were alleged to have been procured by the clients of such subject company to evade payment of taxes due to the government,” it added.
Remulla said, “fake receipts are a scam.”
“These are fake receipts being submitted to pass off as deductions, which is a violation of the National Internal Revenue Code and the Revised Penal Code,” Remulla said.
“This is a very systematic way of defrauding the government,” he added.