ERCA drop charges against Haron Computer Plc: ERCA told to cut it out! What is the Haron-TPLF nexus?

29 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Capital Ethiopia: ERCA drop charges against Haron
 

“ERCA’s prosecutors claim that the defendants are guilty of tax evasion though the misuse of sales registers machines, with the initial charge including illegal transactions worth 167 million birr, and evasion of 27 million birr in VAT and 51 million birr of income tax.”

Who gave ERCA that order to cut it out? Who gave Harmon’s three employees to replace the fiscal memories of Harmon computers?
 

Charges against Haron Computer PLC, a major sales register machine supplier, and its Managing Director have been dropped, according to sources at Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA).

The company was accused of sales register machine fraud, in connection with other companies and its staff.

Sources at ERCA told Capital that on Friday May 6, the authority’s prosecutor submitted a request for the Ninth Criminal Bench of the Federal High Court, Lideta Division, to drop charges on the company and the Managing Director.

Abusing the fiscal memory of machines, which have the capacity to register sales for more than 1,800 Z reports or five years, was one of the accusations against the company.

Early this year, ERCA was investigating the company, three of its technical employees and other companies for the misuse of sales register machines, following a tip from Haron Computer itself.

The company wrote a letter to ERCA to investigate technical staff with direct contact with customers when the management observed gross tax violations.

Following the tip, Haron, the biggest sales machine supplier from the eight authorized private and public enterprises, was sued by ERCA’s prosecutor on allegations of misappropriating register machines’ operations.

The case was connected with the abuse of fiscal memory, which is installed inside any machine that shall register all sales for years.

Abusing the fiscal memory of machines is illegal and tampering with machines’ database in any way, without the recognition of ERCA, is also not permitted.

ERCA’s prosecutors claim that the defendants are guilty of tax evasion though the misuse of sales registers machines, with the initial charge including illegal transactions worth 167 million birr, and evasion of 27 million birr in VAT and 51 million birr of income tax.

According to the charge file, three technical staff of Haron were involved in replacing fiscal memories of machines for clients using Haron products, without ERCA’s knowledge.

ERCA’s persecutor was suing three other staff members at Haron along with seven private businesses owners on 14 charges.
 

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