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FBR detects big money laundering scam in Peshawar

FBR detects big money laundering scam in Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue unearthed one of the largest alleged money laundering and terror financing operations based out of Pakistan in which one of the accused possessed over Rs6 billion in different bank accounts but barely paid any taxes.

According to media, FBR Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation in Peshawar moved the application seeking information against multiple bank accounts owned by the accused, identified as Waqas Ahmed, who paid only Rs84 in taxes last year.

After completing investigations into the case, the revenue authority moved against the accused and identified seven accounts owned by him in different banks across Peshawar. The numbers of these accounts were also released by The News in its report for purposes of transparency.

According to the investigating officer in the case, the said accounts were used to evade taxes on the one hand, but on the other, could also be means to hide proceeds from criminal activities. However, the officer did not identify the criminal activity that the accused was involved in.

According to media, the investigation into the case seems to confirm the suspicions of the officer as there is clear evidence of tax evasion, but allegations of terror financing or money laundering may also be true since there is no money trail for the amount present in the accounts.

Therefore, for the purpose of proper investigation of the said accounts, the Special Court of Taxation ordered to attach and freeze the accounts provisionally u/s 8(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 for the period of 90 days, the publication reported.