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Belize Times thief? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Collecting money on behalf of the General Sales Tax department and not paying it into that department is tantamount to theft. That is where the People’s United Party’s Belize Times finds itself these days. On Wednesday, May 14, it was summoned at the Magistrate’s Court to answer to two counts of failure to file GST returns. The summons as we understand it, are fore the months of January and February.

When it was originally called up, Marion Marsden was the respondent, however, she did not show up in court. Anthony Sylvester was the one who showed up but no plea could be taken and the matter was adjourned until Thursday May 15. At that time the matter had to once again be adjourned because nobody could come up to represent the Times. Things have gotten so lean on that side that the attorney Kareem Musa claimed that there were only two employees working at the newspaper. He said however that their were directors that could be summoned since Marsden was no longer employed at the newspaper since 2008.

By our investigations the Belize Times owes in the region of $4,500 in GST. It means that they have been collecting these monies on behalf of the government and have not been paying it into the department. Seems like theft to us.