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Man Arrested for Disguising as URA Agent

Police and Uganda Revenue Authority have in detention a man who for five years has been defrauding business people claiming he is an agent from the tax body.

Kassim Batte was arrested yesterday Monday, following a complaint that was lodged by one of his victims.

In a statement, URA said Batte in December 2018, approached the complainant, claiming to be a clearing agent with Intra Cargo, and told him that URA was going to auction some of his vehicles.

“The suspect told the complainant about the availability of two vehicles, a Toyota Harrier and a Sahara Pick-up both in good condition. Batte, dressed up in a white shirt emblazoned with a Uganda Revenue Authority logo and customs pips (an imitation of the URA customs officers’ uniform) informed the client that he works in the Commissioner Customs Office,” URA said in the statement.

“He then took the complainant to a place in Nakawa, near MUBS and generated assessments for the complainant. However, the assessments he issued the complainant were for payment of income tax.”

“To complete his con, Batte then first collected UGX 1,200,000 from the complainant and after some time, he was given an additional UGX 200,000 as a fee for registration number plates for each vehicle.”

Following his arrest yesterday, authorities found that Batte has been working with a clique to defraud people with the false promise to help them secure vehicles and other goods being auctioned by URA.

“The group takes pictures of the items and sometimes bring the clients to the premises of URA,” the tax body says.

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Batte is believed to have owned the fake URA uniform since 2015. He was also found with counterfeit URA payment slips with serial reference numbers; 436, 437, 438 and 439.

The suspect is set to be produced in court and charged accordingly.

The tax body called on the Public to remain vigilant and to swiftly report cases of fraudsters to the nearest URA office or Police station so that such unscrupulous persons are put away.

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