Brazilian businesswomen charged over failure to produce NIS records

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS), last Friday took two Brazilian businesswomen to court after they both allegedly failed to provide necessary documentation.

It was alleged that during the months of January and August, they failed to produce wages records and contribution schedules to the NIS office when they were instructed to do so by an NIS inspector.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Through an interpreter attached to the Brazilian Embassy, Maria Dos Santos, proprietor of Fatima Models Boutique Trading, said that she had left Guyana and travelled to Brazil for some time. She added that while in Brazil, she left someone to look after her business, who had no knowledge of NIS documents.

She added that she has documents for the months of April to August but she was not aware that she had to show both documents.

Cheyenne Dos Santos, owner of Hotel Marion, through the interpreter complained of the high staff turnover at her entity and said she was not aware of the seriousness of keeping updated with NIS.

Both businesses are located at Lot 71 Robb Street, Bourda, while both women reside at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty.

Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, on the behalf of NIS, did not object to bail.

Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry granted bail in the sum of $75,000 each and the matter returns to court on December 16.

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