A sum of GHÂ¢1.074 million has been recovered by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) from Labianca Company Limited, owned by a member of the Council of State, Ms Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh.
The amount represents a shortfall inÂ import duties the frozen foods companyÂ paid to the state.
In an investigative report, a copy of which has been seen by Graphic Online, the OSP accused Ms Asomah-Hinneh of influence-peddling for allegedly using her position as a member of the Council of State and member of the Board ofÂ Directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to get a favourable decision from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), which led to a reduction in the tax liabilities of Labianca Limited.
Influence-peddling or trading of influence is a form of corruption in which a person uses his or her position or political influence to gain unmerited
TheÂ OSP faulted a Deputy Commissioner of Customs in charge of Operations, Joseph Adu Kyei, for issuing what it described as unlawful customs
advance ruling which reduced the benchmark values of the frozen foods imported by Labianca Limited, thereby reducing the company’s tax obligationsÂ to the state, reports Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson.
“The OSP finds that there is strong evidence to suggest that Mr Kyei’sÂ decision to issue a customs advanceÂ ruling for the applicant was procured
through influence peddling or tradingÂ of influence by Ms Asomah-Hinneh byÂ employing her position as a member ofÂ the Council of State and member of theÂ Board of Directors of the GPHA, theÂ report, signed by the Special Prosecutor,Â Kissi Agyebeng, stated.
The investigative report, dated August 3, 2022, is titled: “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.