Nassau, Bahamas — Bahamas Food Services [BFS ] on Gladstone Road has no excuse for its failing to pay the taxes owed to the Bahamian people and should suffer the same fate the Ingraham government delivered to Jackson Ritchie and Wendall Jones.
Why is it the devil will treat one set of his children one way and others another is beyond us? Nevertheless, that’s the devil!
Bahamas Press sources in the ministry of finance tell us since the breaking of our bombshell has brought attention to the matter. BFS still owes the Bahamian people over $119,000. To save face on Tuesday someway far back in the ‘Toilet Paper‘ after reading it on BP, business reporter, Chester Robards, decided to call up Don Carnine, Bahamas Food Services (BFS) general manager, and ask him if BP’s story was true.
“We are on a payment schedule with them, and an agreement that is in place. It is just a normal business transaction between us,” Carnine told the ‘Toilet Paper ‘.
The reporter then ventured into becoming an apologist for the food giant suggesting that it wasn’t the company’s fault and that the error in classification on the taxes owed was the mistake by the Customs. The Toilet Paper went further to say they didn’t know what the product was. Well, Bahamas Press has the scoop on this story and will show the toilet paper how not practice spin but how to investigate breaking news.
Readers of BP would remember it was back in 2007 when junior minister of finance, Zhivargo ‘CryBaby Sour’ Laing, ordered the reclassification of juices in the Customs Department to assist a company on Grand Bahama [which we believed he owns allegedly]. Mona Vie was the scandal that erupted at the time, which caused uproar in the Parliament, which was then followed with lawsuits against Frank Smith, B J Nottage and John Rolle . The instruction by Laing was a breaking of the law according to former Customs Comptroller John Rolle.
Documents supplied to BP by our deep throat in the ministry of finance revealed the money owed by BFS dates back to the same time period when Laing ordered the changed in the classification on juices to 10% to benefit his cohorts and family members.
Letters by that same source reveals Customs desires the public money to be returned and we’ve learned to this day BFS has yet to pay one dime. They have asked Carnine for it, he’s refused to send the funds. Customs investigators have been trying their best to reclaim the monies owed to the government from the food giant. They have went as far as to write Brussels to verify the exact tax on the juice cocktails imported by BSF.
Bahamas Press also reports, two contracts to the BFS by Customs have been issued to them to assist in drawing down on the bill. But no response has yet come. And Tuesday’s bold admission by the company in question has yet to be acted upon. WHAT BRAZEN ATTITUDE IS THIS?
- Why would Hubert Ingraham allow his junior minister to get away with the crime of reclassifying taxes?
- Secondly, when will the PM instruct his officers to do to BFS what he had them do to Jackson Ritchie?
- Why is the junior minister of finance so quiet on this?
- Why didn’t the Tribune call Laing on the matter or better yet the PM?
Our letters, which we publish today, show that the money owed to Customs from BFS is dated back to October 5th, 2007. Juices, which attracted a 60% tax, was taxed at 10%. It was never an error as stated in Customs letter. It was a reclassification request in a letter to Customs by the junior minister, Zhivargo Laing! This was a direct result of Laing’s meddling with the government’s revenue collection. It was unlawful and illegal for him to do so! IT IS A CRIME FOR ANY OFFICIAL TO DO SUCH!
Bahamas Food Service must pay the people what it owes and Laing should equally suffer for helping such a large company to THIEF THE PEOPLE MONEY!
Oh and in case we forget the Toilet paper should know the product was Ocean Spray Cocktail Juices. NOW YOU KNOW!