Solomons businessman charged for alleged fraud

3:46 pm on 9 June 2017

A businessman in Solomon Islands has been charged with forgery and uttering.

View towards Point Cruz and the Port of Honiara.

View towards Point Cruz and the Port of Honiara. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

Fang Zi Yuan, who owns several Honiara businesses, is charged with having emailed the Inland Revenue Division a document purportedly authored by a cabinet minister and authorising the waiving of a tax bill of $US1.74 million dollars.

In a statement the Inland Revenue Division says investigations show the signature on the letter was not that of the minister.

Its permanent secretary Harry Kuma and the commissioner of Inland Revenue Joseph Dokekana have praised the joint efforts of the Division and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Fraud Squad.

They have pledged their support for investigating taxpayers who continue to defraud the government.