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Chinese Businessman pleads Guilty for not keeping Sales Books Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00

Ming Pei ChenOn Wednesday, December 5th, Ming Pei Chen, the Belizean-Chinese national and owner of several well-established businesses in the Ladyville area including 24/7 Gas Station, Honey’s Supermarket and Happy Hour Club, was convicted of a misdemeanor.

The General Sales Tax Department took Chen to court on a single charge of failure to produce documents.

Allegations are that on October 24th, 2012, a GST team visited Chen’s gas station, located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and the entrance into Lord’s Bank, where they asked him to produce sales books of the business and he did not at the time.

When asked if he understood the charge, Chen said yes, and while he admitted to not producing the documents when requested by GST personnel, he told Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer that the documents were at his accountant’s office. Despite this, he pleaded guilty to the offense.

Since he was a first time offender, he was imposed half of the maximum penalty and was ordered to pay $500 plus a $5.00 cost of court, which he is to pay by December 15th, 2012 or in default, 3 months imprisonment.

Ming presently has a charge of keeping ammunition before the court for which he awaits trial.