Dealers demand refund after EOCO seizure of suspected stolen luxury vehicles
The Chamber of Automobile Dealership Ghana (CADG) has entreated the government to refund the duties paid on vehicles suspected of being stolen and seized later by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
EOCO, on December 9, 2022, raided some garages and seized 37 imported luxury vehicles suspected to have been stolen from the US and Canada.
Speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholder’s engagement with the security agencies on January 16, General Secretary of the Chamber, George Dumenu, described the affected dealers as victims.
“This is frustrating. All your resources have gone to waste. So the government should come to our aid and, if possible, all the monies we have paid to customs be refunded to us.” Mr Dumenu lamented.
The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), retrieved 37 imported luxury vehicles suspected to be stolen from the United States of America and Canada.
EOCO, in a statement on December 13, 2022, said the various specifications of luxury vehicles were retrieved from some garages in Accra last Friday, December 9, 2022.
Ten suspects were arrested in the process and have since been granted police enquiry bail.
EOCO has advised prospective vehicle buyers to ensure due diligence is done before purchasing vehicles.
“The investigation is ongoing, and there will be updates on further developments,” EOCO said.
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