Leslie Miller in customs probe
The Department of Customs seized a shipment of goods imported earlier this week by businessman and former Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)MP Leslie Miller and is investigating to determine whether proper declarations were made, Customs Comptroller Glenn Gomez confirmed toThe Nassau Guardianyesterday.
A source in customs toldThe Guardianthat there were a number of discrepancies related to the shipment that came in on Tuesday.
Customs is reportedly investigating to determine whether declared values on goods were accurate and whether there were declared values at all in some instances.
As the matter was being investigated yesterday, Gomez said he could not provide details, except to confirm that the goods were still being held by customs pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Nassau Guardianunderstands that the customs probe will also seek to determine whether the correct rates of duty were paid on previous shipments imported by Miller.
It is unclear what exactly was in the latest shipment, but a source in customs claimed some of the items included appliances and automobile parts.
Miller is the proprietor of
Sunburst Paints and Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
He is also the PLP’s candidate for Blue Hills, a seat he held between 2002 and 2007 under the Christie administration. Miller served as minister of trade and industry.
He lost his re-election bid to the Free National Movement’s Sidney Collie in 2007, but only days ago voiced confidence that he will be re-elected in the next general election.
In recent months, the Department of Customs has been tightening its grip on business people who make wrong declarations, and has launched numerous probes aimed at recouping lost revenue.
Numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to reach Miller last night.