Customs files raps vs own senior staff

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2011 11:50 AM | Updated as of Jul 15 2011 04:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed on Thursday criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ)  against two of its senior officials for allegedly fraudulently approving the refund of duties and value added taxes (VAT) and the issuance of Tax Credit Certificates in favor of an oil importing company that "defrauded government some P99-million."

In a news conference, Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez bared that lawyers Reynalo Nicolas, former Deputy Commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group, and Elvira Cruz, former officer-in-charge and now collector of the Sub-Port of Mariveles are charged for enabling petroleum products importer Cross Country to secure millions in refund of duties and taxes.

"Nicolas and Cruz are accused of usurpation of authority for acting favorably on false claims that enabled petroleum products importer Cross Country to secure a P99.4-million refund of duties and taxes it paid on its oil shipments covered by import entry number C-100-09, C-101-09 and C-102-09," Alvarez said.

Said shipments cover the period September 2009 to September 2010.