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July 7, 2014
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TAJ employee on fraud rap denied bail

A bail application made for Christopher Moore, the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) employee accused of causing the government to lose more than $1 billion, was turned down in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Thursday.

Moore, a resident of Portmore in St Catherine, was remanded by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey and returns to court on July 21.

He is facing several charges, including fraud and breaches of the Cyber Crime Act.

Allegations are that over an unspecified period, Moore, an Information Technology (IT) expert employed to the East Street branch of the TAJ, manipulated the system and reduced tax assessments of companies and individuals.

It is alleged that after the TAJ assessed taxpayers, Moore would access the computer system, reduce the tax levied resulting in the Government losing more than $1 billion. The court also heard that he collected fees.

It is reported that the Revenue Protection Division in the Ministry of Finance, which led an operation on June 20, seized documents and computers at Moore's house with the names of individuals and companies.

Moore is being represented by attorney-at-law Ramona Nelson.

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