Former member of Parliament for North Dayi in the Volta Region, George Loh, says former President Mahama’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama, has done nothing wrong in agreeing to a ‘tax arrangement’ deal with EOCO.
Speaking on Joy Fm’s weekend political magazine show Newsfile, Loh said Ibrahim has done absolutely nothing wrong and his arrangement with EOCO was not that uncommon.
He said that sort of arrangement to pay back monies owed is not criminal.
“Ibrahim Mahama is not the only person with tax arrangement with the Authorities,” he said.
He added that if EOCO are comfortable with Mahama paying back the money and the accrued interest, the issue should really end with that.
As we reported Friday, the Economic and Organised Crime Office, which has been probing Ibrahim’s past transactions with the Ghana Revenue Authority, has given the businessman up till the 8th of May to pay back to the GRA Ghc 12.7m owed them.
He reportedly issued dud cheques to the organisation 44 times to clear goods at the port. Each time he cleared his goods, deposited a cheque, which bounced when the GRA attempted cashing it. Yet when he imports more goods he returns with another dud cheque and he’s allowed to clear his goods. It’s believed his familial connection to the then President made the GRA accommodate his insistent dud cheques.
On the same program, IMANI Ghana vice president Kofi Bentil disagreed with Loh’s assertion that nothing criminal had occurred.
“If you write a cheque it is a liquidated sum that is a prima facie case against you,” he said, adding that Mahama’s criminality can be deduced by the fact he kept going back to the GRA with fake cheques.
“The 44 cheques is a trend; the amount involved is colossal,” he added.