A Chinese national named Cheng Zhigang who is the managing director of Great Stone Mining company in Kitwe is on the run after claiming VAT refund-Zamkuwire - Zamkuwire.com

A Chinese national named Cheng Zhigang who is the managing director of Great Stone Mining company in Kitwe is on the run after claiming VAT refund-Zamkuwire

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GREAT STONE MINING DIRECTOR SWINDLES ZRA, FELLOW CHINESE IN KITWE
A Chinese national named Cheng Zhigang who is the managing director of Great Stone Mining company in Kitwe is on the run after claiming VAT refund from the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) he is not entitled to.
The state through ZRA has lost about 400,000 United States dollars after Cheng Zhigang informed his supplier Chi- Frica that he was appointed a tax agent to collect VAT refunds on behalf of ZRA when infact not.
Cheng Zhigang has been doing this for 7 years now with lots of companies, how much has Zambia lost if the country lost 400,000 US dollars from one transaction?
According to a letter from ZRA to police written by Catherine Chilambe who is director investigations, it shows that this Chinese crook has been working with corrupt ZRA officials who instead of giving VAT refunds to Chi-Frica who supplied the copper concentrate, instead paid the refunds to the buyer of the concentrate.
Using crooked police officers at Ndola Central Police, Cheng Zhigang managed to get his confiscated passport and flew out of the country after giving the Deputy Provincial Investigations Officer in Kitwe identified as Francis Ntulile a about K300,000 cash.
May be an image of text that says '1of1 ZAMBIA Revenue REVENUE AUTHORITY 382248 April, 2022 Your Tax Our Charge Frauds Zambia Police Unit Copperbelt Division Headquarters 70401 NDOLA INVE/2022/044/CC/MNC Dear /Madam, RE REQUEST TO HAVE INFORMATION ON GREAT STONE MINE TECHNICAL COMPANY We acknowledge receipt letter dated 30th March, 2022 with reference requesting information. Your letter, particular. requested Technical Company has established Revenue Authority above oavail information with respect Zambia Revenue Authority Technical Services Company purposes. Great Stone Mine Please Should require further clarification on this matter, please undersigned. agent faithfully, Zambia Authority not hesitate contact the Catherine Chilambe DIRECTOR- INVESTIGATIONS Commissioner Investigations 1|Page'
In June this year, former deputy IG called Ndola Central Police on a loudspeaker call in front of victim police officers present were a Mr. Ntalasha, Francis Ntulile, the Legal director and Deputy CID where Mr Ntulile was warned for releasing a suspect in such a criminal case.
The victim who owns Chi-Frica has complained with the manner in which police have been handling the case of theft, impersonation and taking pecuniary advantage by releasing the suspect from custody without any police bond or opening of a docket when the President made it clear that corruption in public offices must not be tolerated.
The same ZRA knocks on companies that delay to pay tax but are quite on a clear criminal case that involves them, how does an institution like ZRA accept to pay VAT refunds to a company that is not entitled to? The president is not being helped in the corruption fight.
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The same Cheng has been using ZRA to fix fellow Chinese on the Copperbelt that seem not to toil in his usual way of being crooked.
Even after committing such a crime, Cheng Zhigang and his company have continued to cut deals while he is in China and profits being externalised when the country has no money to pay teachers and health workers.
“Cheng told me last year November at garden court hotel that he did this illegal business of claiming VAT from 2016 he knew he did illegal from first day but all Chinese companies in Copperbelt followed him many years and that only you has bothered me, he said there was no law in this country especially on the part of ZRA, said the victim.
A rough calculation by ZRA in June revealed that Cheng Zhigang might have defrauded the state a total of $336, 000,000 million US dollars from the time he started claiming illegal VAT refund for 7 years.
See attached documents from ZRA disputing that Cheng Zhigang should not collect VAT on its behalf.
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