The High Court in Kampala on Monday sentenced a 39 year old man to two years in Luzira prison for defrauding URA of its returns worth Shs970 million by registering a sham telecom company, Sure telecom in 2009.
Sande Pande Ndimwibo, a social worker and resident of Kitintale in Kampala district was also found guilty of forging several documents including identification cards in fake names, a certificate of incorporation of the said sure telecom which he uttered at URA purporting to be issued by Uganda Communication’s commission whereas not.
Justice Elizabeth Alividza also ordered Mr Pande to refund the Shs970 million to URA.
“Given his position as a social worker in society, he would instead keep as a watch dog on URA, hatching plans to defraud it,” Justice Alividza noted while sentencing him.
Meanwhile, the same court in June this year sentenced a former Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) employee who was also a complicity of Pande to one-and-half years in jail for defrauding the entity of more than Shs970 million.
Mr Seith Mpooya, a resident of Seeta, Mukono District, was accused of creating a ghost company- Sure Telecom Uganda LTD- with intentions of making false VAT claims from URA.
Mr Mpooya was also ordered to refund the said money to URA, which he falsely obtained in June 2009.
Mpooya was found guilty of all the 8 counts which included, among others, obtaining money by false pretence, uttering false documents and being a director of a false company.
Justice Alividza said URA had produced sufficient evidence linking Mr Pande and a group of others, who are still at large, to have submitted false documents to URA purporting to have been signed by Uganda Communications Commission in order to obtain the said money.
Prosecution said that the convicts ( Pande and Mpooya) and others still at large between June and July 2009 in the Kampala District with intent to defraud knowingly made a memorandum and articles of association purporting them to be of Sure telecom whereas not.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor