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Sep 13, 2011

Well known attorney taken to Court for not paying GST

Lionel Welch

Millions of dollars, at the last count, more than thirteen, are owed to the Sales Tax Department and they are cracking down on businesses that are in the red. In July a number of established businesses were issued with committal warrants for failure to pay. Well, today the Sales Tax took well-known attorney Lionel Welch to court for allegedly failing to pay taxes. According to the GST department, Welch has not made GST payments for his law firm for the period of January 2007 to June 2011.  The amount owed is not known but it amounts to forty-seven counts. When the matter came up, Welch was not present nor had he provided the court with a reason for his absence. Revenue Magistrate Ed Usher indicated he would be issuing a warrant for Welch to appear at the next adjournment. This afternoon Welch sent out a statement; he says the magistrate only intended to issue a bench warrant to ensure that he appears at the next hearing and that it was not a bench warrant for my arrest. According to Welch, after speaking with him, the Magistrate was satisfied that he was not aware that the matter was set for hearing today and hence did not proceed with the course of action. Welch also claims that this morning he was in the confines of the Magistrate Courts and the Registry of the Supreme Court when he heard about the bench warrant and that he immediately took up the matter with the Magistrate.  In a telephone call to the newsroom, Welch also said it has been cleared up meaning that the warrant has been called off.  Sales Tax first took the matter to court in 2010 but it was dismissed. There are two other instances when it came before the courts; as recent as two weeks ago when Welch also reportedly did not show up and on July twenty-sixth of this year when he asked to be excused.  The GST representative said in court that they have been unable to settle the matter with Welch despite attempts to so do.

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9 Responses for “Well known attorney taken to Court for not paying GST”

  1. rod says:

    another currupt attorney you need to pay like everyone else

  2. Victoria says:

    THESE LAWYERS COLLECT BIG MONEY AND REFUSED TO PAY, U CALL THAT GREEDY THEY SHOULD THROW HIS @$$ IN JAIL FOR A FEW DAYS, BET HE START PAYING HIS DUES TO THE GOVERNMENT, THE POOR PEOPLE PAY THEIR TAXES WHY NOT HIM

  3. fight for justice says:

    chek if dean barrow’s lawfirm is paying GST I bet NOT, and of course the GST is controled by govt and it will just sweep the dirt under the rug…..

  4. IS JUSTICE BLIND IN BELIZE? says:

    WHY THIS CROOKED LAWYER WAS NOT PLACED ON THE BUS AND TAKEN TO HATTIEVILLE LLIKE THE LADY FROM NEON PLASTICS.

  5. tanya says:

    stop hate “fight for justice” Lionel is the topic at hand! don’t be like some belizeanz that throw out something to divert from the core issue! Let lionel get scrutinized he made dat bed! DEUCES

  6. mark says:

    Lock him up!!! i most say good job in not being prejudice every country depends and runs on the tax they collect, Belize is no different. You can’t owe Uncle Sam for a day without paying interest or he throwing you in jail..

  7. Earl Grey says:

    Tricky Dickie has members to his club…..this is one of them.

  8. oscar965 says:

    only hard working honest Belizeans seem to pay taxes…oh…let me add poor belizeans…the rest are just crooks like this guy who knows the justice systems and is taking them and all of us for a ride…he won’t pay…he would rather bribe his way out of this…this story will fade away and then the bribes will come..in…

  9. Fred says:

    i strgly agree wid victoria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nly cah dem tink dat dem da big tym and mek big mony dem cud duh weh deh wa? watcha…..da tym fu mek d cat come outa d bag!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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