Special Prosecutor obtains GH1.074 million from Labianca, a member of the Council of State.

Special Prosecutor obtains GH1.074 million from Labianca, a member of the Council of State. Featured

The Labianca Company Limited, which is controlled by Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, a member of the Council of State, was fined GH1.074 million by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).
The sum is what the company that makes frozen goods owes the state for import tariffs that were not paid. In an investigative report, a copy of which was obtained by Graphic Online, the OSP charged Ms. Asomah-Hinneh with engaging in influence-peddling for allegedly using her roles as a member of the Council of State and a board member of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to obtain a favorable ruling from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), which reduced Labianca Limited's tax obligations. A form of corruption known as "influence-peddling" or "influence dealing" occurs when a person utilizes their position or political clout to secure unjustified favors. The OSP criticized Joseph Adu Kyei, a deputy commissioner of customs in charge of operations, for issuing what it deemed an illegal customs advance ruling that decreased the benchmark values of the frozen foods imported by Labianca Limited, reducing the company's tax obligations to the state, according to Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson of Graphic Online. According to the report, which was written by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, "the OSP finds that there is strong evidence to suggest that Mr Kyei's decision to issue a customs advance ruling for the applicant was procured through influence peddling or trading of influence by Ms Asomah-Hinneh by employing her position as a member of the Council of State and member of the Board of Directors of the GPHA." "Report of Investigation into Alleged Commission of Corruption and Corruption Related Offences involving Labianca Group of Companies and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority," is the title of the investigative report, which is dated August 3, 2022. www,rtvgh.com