SEPANG: A logistics firm owner pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of under-declaring sales tax involving a sum of RM281,558.72, at a magistrate’s court here.
Rizan Jantan, 47, was charged under Section 133(1)(a) of the Customs Act with the offences allegedly committed between January and March 2015.
The accused, who is an agent registered with the Customs Department, was hired to import contact lenses for a company.
He was supposed to have filed a total of RM311,052 in sales tax for importing the contact lenses but had allegedly only declared RM29,494.03.
This was RM281,558.72 less than what was supposed to be paid.
According to the facts of the case, the contact lenses company had paid Rizan the correct amount and lodged a complaint with the Customs Department after it became suspicious.
Section 133(1)(a) of the Act carries a five-year jail sentence or a RM500,000 fine or both, on conviction.
The prosecution asked for bail to be set at RM30,000 with one surety and for his passport to be seized.
Rizan, who was unrepresented, appealed for the bail to be reduced, saying that his wife was undergoing dialysis and that he had to look after three children.
Magistrate Norul Fitri Hamdan allowed for bail to be set at RM28,000 with one surety.
The case is fixed for mention on July 20.