(Jamaica Gleaner) – Agents from the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) on Tuesday seized a posh Mercedes-Benz motor car valued at millions of dollars from dancehall star Elephant Man in a bid to collect taxes owed by the entertainer.
The car was taken from an upscale home at Hillcrest Avenue, St Andrew, believed to be owned by Elephant Man, whose real name is Oneil Bryan.
While the car was being placed on a tow truck, Elephant Man, who has done several collaborations with R&B stars in the United States, remained inside the house with his advisers and did not speak to reporters gathered outside.
Director of communications for the IRD, Meris Haughton, did not release the delinquent’s name, but confirmed that its special enforcement team, supported by the St Andrew North police, “conducted an operation to seize an asset of a taxpayer for outstanding taxes”. Haughton would not divulge how much money is involved.
Haughton explained that in cases where property is seized, delinquent taxpayers have 10 days to pay off their arrears or the confiscated asset would be auctioned. She said if the proceeds from the auction do not cover the debt, the taxpayer could face criminal or civil charges.
Police sources told The Gleaner that the IRD’s special enforcement team first swooped down on Elephant Man’s mansion overlooking Havendale, also in St Andrew, but nothing of significant value was identified.