Police Raid & Close yet Another Alcohol Manufacturer in Sting Operation

Employees of Platinum Distillers were on Sunday caught unawares when authorities conducted a sting operation at the factory. 

Police on Sunday raided the alcohol manufacturing plant in Ruiru, Kiambu County over tax evasion. 

KRA official Edward Karanja told reporters that the company was raided over a plot to evade Ksh14 million in taxes.  Detectives have arrested four individuals in connection to the fraud. 

In the plan, the company concealed imported goods as raw materials for making alcohol so KRA would charge them less money. 

Whereas the distiller paid Ksh. 383,962, a preliminary report indicated the consignment was packaged at an ethanol producing company in India.

This raid comes on the backdrop of another raid that was led by DCI George Kinoti at African Spirits Limited. Authorities seized fake and counterfeit products worth Ksh1.2 billion from a brewery located in Thika.

Reports from KRA stated the goods included an estimated 21 million counterfeit excise stamps and 312,000 litres of illicit products.

KRA is most likely to take over the firms operations over Ksh6 billion tax that was outstanding.

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