Charged for Tax Evasion Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:00

ThomasBusinessman, Thomas Gomez Jr., who is the owner of a lumber yard in the Faber’s Road Area, was picked up on the strength of a bench warrant on Tuesday, February 5th, and escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was read 8 counts of failure to file General Sales Tax. The Department of GST claims that Gomez has yet to file his taxes for the lumber business from April to December of 2012. In court, Gomez pleaded guilty to the charges and Magistrate Adolph Lucas, Jr. ordered him to pay 0 for each offense, totaling ,600. He is to commence payment on the fine with 8 monthly installments of 0 starting at the end of March 2013. However, GST legal representative, Jaqueline Meighan, pointed out to the court that Gomez already has a previous conviction for tax evasion in which he pled guilty to 17 counts on February 22nd, 2012. He was ordered to pay ,500 and has not paid a cent of the fine. To avoid jail time, Gomez requested an extension to pay the fine but offered to pay ,000 immediately. Magistrate Lucas granted his request but warned of a prison sentence if payments are not made consistently.