Alleged Customs Frauds.
IMPORTERS OF NEW ZEALAND FISH ACCUSED.
Mblboubne, May 9 Mr Justice O'Connor, m the High Court, commenced to-day the hearing of cases wherein certain fish importers are charged with defrauding the Customs m connection with the importation of New Zealand blue cod. Mr Daffey, m opening the case for the Crown, said that there was great, laxity among the Customs officials on som« wharves. He instanced the case of an importer named Allen, who was allowed to take away cases of fish and to supply his own weights. Instead of the cases being from 621 bto 681 b m weight, which they were according to the figures supplied from New Zealand, he never made the weight above 441 b. la other instance, he picked out a small case and averaged the others by it. An examination of, documents, and a comparison with New Zealaud exporters' invoices, showed remarkable differences. In one case Allen made au entry m respect to 6864i1bs of fi3h, representing | duty under J629, whereas as a matter of fact the quantity was 13,5381 b. and the duty Allen's books; had all been destroyed, but his principal, Lucas, m NW Zenland, had account sales there 'showing that Allen paasod fish through the Customs at low weights, and paid duty on such low weights but charged Lucas duty on the full weight.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905
Alleged Customs Frauds. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905
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