Luxury car importers evade 650 million baht in import taxes

At least 32 of the 122 luxury cars impounded by Customs Department and the Department of Special Investigation were under-priced by their importers to evade import taxes, causing over 650 million baht in lost taxes for the state, said DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang and Customs chief Kulis Sombatsiri in a joint press conference on Friday.

They, however, said that investigation into the seized luxury cars suspected to tax dodging had been progressing with more people who were suspected to be involved in the tax dodging scam to be summoned to acknowledge the charges against them.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Crime Suppression Division police had arrested Mr Intharasak Detthirasiri who was also known as Boy Unity, managing director of STT Auto Service, one of the luxury car importers, on Thursday.

Mr Intharasak or Boy Unity was charged with public fraud. He was later released on 300,000 baht bail.

Earlier, Boy Unity filed a complaint with the police accusing the DSI chief and 11 other of his men of trespassing and giving false statements to the court in connection with the DSI’s closure of his two car showrooms.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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