Duo Fined $1.02M Each for Under-Declaring Values and Furnishing Money for the Purchase of 34 Imported Cars

Han Ong Guan and his son Jeremy Han Wan Kwang were sentenced to fines of $1,021,000 each (or in default 32 weeks' imprisonment) for conspiring to under-declare the values of 34 cars imported from Japan and furnishing money for the purchase of these cars.

Singapore Customs began investigating the incorrect declarations of the imported cars of various marques in January 2006.

The investigations revealed that father and son had conspired to under-declare the values of the cars. The Hans had also furnished money for the purchase of these cars.

The total excise duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded as a result of the under-declaration exceeded $24,500 and $7,300 respectively.

The Hans were found guilty of 35 charges each. They were sentenced by the court in February 2013. Of the 35 charges, 26 were related to the under-declaration of the values of the cars, which were imported between February and August 2005. The remaining nine charges were related to the furnishing of money for the purchase of these cars.

Under the Customs Act, it is the responsibility of importers to ensure the accuracy and completeness of declarations submitted to Singapore Customs. Any person who is guilty of fraudulent evasion of duty/GST will be liable on conviction to a fine of up to 20 times the duty/GST payable or $5,000 per charge, whichever is higher, or imprisonment not exceeding two years, or to both for repeat offenders. Any abettor or conspirator will also be liable for the same punishment on conviction.

Any person guilty of furnishing money for the purpose of establishing or conducting any business comprising the sale, purchase, hire, receipt, concealment or disposal, or dealing of uncustomed goods shall be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $1 million, subject to a minimum fine of $100,000. He/she shall also be liable to an imprisonment term not exceeding six years.

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