Customs Intelligence of National Board of Revenue on Monday filed a case against seven people on charge of laundering Tk 1,050 crore.
They laundered the money through import of alcohol, cigarette and electronics in the name of capital machinery for poultry industry using fake documents and addresses in March this year.
CIID assistant revenue officer Bijoy Kumar Roy filed a first information report with the Paltan Police Station on the day, said a press release of the customs intelligence of the NBR.
Some Abdul Motaleb, a resident at Dumni union of Khilkhet in Dhaka, imported the containers through false declarations and false addresses to evade high duty and launder money, according to the CIID.
Motaleb also used the name and picture of some Khorshed Alam, a resident of Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj.
The accused are Abdul Motaleb, customs and clearing agent Rabeya and Sons owner Jalal Uddin, five jetty sarker of Chittagong port Md Arifuzzaman, Rokonuzzaman, Enamul Haque, Forrukh Ahmed and Rawshan Alam.
The case was lodged under the Money Laundering Prevention Act (amendment)-2015 after customs intelligences found evidences of duty evasion, fraudulence and money laundering through the import of the consignments from China.
Customs intelligence on March 5 and 6 seized 12 containers stuffed with alcohol, cigarettes, television sets and used photocopier machines from the Chittagong port imported from China.
CIID found that a syndicate succeeded to release another 78 containers through 17 separate consignments using the name of two fake firms — Henan Anhui Agro LC of Khilkhet and Agro BD & JP of Keraniganj in Dhaka.
None of the containers had machinery for poultry industries, the release said.
The market price of the seized 16,170 bottles of alcohol, 3.84 crore cigarette sticks, 4,074 LED television sets and 281 photocopier machines was Tk 134 crore though the importers declared the price at only Tk 50 lakh.
The remaining portion of market price was laundered from the country through illegal channel like hundi, it said.
Some 600 per cent customs duty is applied on alcohol followed by 500 per cent on cigarette and 190 per cent on televisions. On the other hand, only one per cent duty is applicable on import of capital machinery.
Evaded duty amount is also considered as money laundering, according to the CIID.
CIID said that the importer opened letter of credit at the Paltan branch of IFIC bank for the import. They suspect that officials of IFIC bank and many others of Chittagong port might be involved with the incidence.
Legal action would be taken against them if found involved, it said.
The CIID will now conduct investigation of the case.
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