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Ramps CEO slapped with 10 charges over false declarations, gets bail

Shaun Rampersad, the Head of the Trinidadian-owned Ramps Logistics (Photo: Carla Bridglal/Trinidad Newsday)

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ramps Logistics (Guyana), Shaun Rampersaud, was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer 10 charges.

Rampersaud of Windsor Estates, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It is alleged that the logistics company, between 2021 and 2022, at Georgetown, made 10 false declarations on applications presented to a customs officer for tax exemptions on several items.

The charges were brought on by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes is representing Rampersaud.

Magistrate Daly granted Rampersaud bail of $50,000 on each charge and adjourned the matter until November 25.

Ramps Logistics, a company that has Trinidadian shares, took the spotlight a few months ago after it was denied a local content certificate.

After publicising its application’s denial, the Local Content Secretariat (LCS) revealed that the information submitted was insufficient for a proper compliance evaluation to be done by the Secretariat in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

It was also disclosed that the company was fined $20 million for a breach of GRA’s customs regulations.

The company, which has been providing freight forwarding and supply chain management services here since 2013, resubmitted its application.

It is also before the High Court seeking a judicial review against the Local Content Secretariat over its application for certification.

The matter will come up on November 11, 2022, before Chief Justice (ag) Roxanne George, SC.

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