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Santo Domingo.- The Justice Ministry, Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) and Internal Taxes (DGII) will launch an investigation into possible money laundering through checks in the millions of dollars brought illegally into the country.

Customs director Fernando Fernández made the announcement in a press conference in the Justice Ministry Thursday and handed 2,308 copies of checks retained by his agency during the last 15 days, to Justice minister Francisco Domínguez, DNCD president Julio César Souffront and DGII director Guarocuya Felix.

Fernández’s statement comes in the wake of mounting opposition to the Government’s planned tax on Web shopping, which an Arbitration Court ruled to halt.

"No one could see as normal that in less than three weeks those remittances could take place without declaring more than 6 million dollars in checks, written without beneficiary, others for the future, many signed without an amount, among other characteristics submitted locally by the Courier as documents," the official said.

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Written by: Danilo, 14 Aug 2014 3:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
That's what they need to focus on instead of raping the working class with another tax.
Written by: bernies, 14 Aug 2014 3:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Good for you Fernandez, that is what you needed to do from the get go and not just try to punish everyone because a few people are using the service to commit this sort of thing. We the consumer that buy a cell phone, pair of jeans, a cologne, bracelets or earring for our wives, girl friends or our kids and ourselves shouldn't have to be penalize and suffer because other did wrong. You need to bring does people to justice and confiscate the money. 6 millions is about 260,000,000.00RD so right there is just 3 weeks you got the taxes needed for a whole month.
Written by: chillinout, 14 Aug 2014 3:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Checks have to eventually enter the banking system and can expose tax evasion or laundering. What does this have to do with taxing purchases?. I can see a lot of checks being sent here because Western Union and bank wire fees are a ripoff and time consuming hassle.

Checks not completely filled out is not too bright though. Guess depends if honest person stupid or bad guy trying to hide something.

According to Dominican Customs --- Foreign currencies: provided declared on arrival, traveller's cheques: unlimited if traveling to DR.

Found sites saying how to mail checks or money orders to DR and non said anything about restrictions.

US$6,000,000.00 divided by 2308 checks = average US$2,600.00 per check. If it was cash then I can understand the concern.
Written by: BASTA, 14 Aug 2014 3:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
bernies=3***s
Written by: wanna, 14 Aug 2014 4:27 PM
From: United States, Santo Domingo
This is ANAL SPHINCTERNESS!!! What do "CHECKS" have to do with purchasing "ARTICLES UNDER $200.00" online?
Written by: danny00, 14 Aug 2014 7:15 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
BERNIES BUYS MANY THINGS HE HAS THE MONEY....I'm Upset that I had to PAY $600 PESOS on the MEAL I HAD at FRIDAYS.....$600 pesos on a bill that was $1900 PESOS.....Think I'm going to HANG OUT WITH BERNIES....
Written by: danny00, 14 Aug 2014 7:17 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
bernies plus 3 ? danny 00 +++ ?
Written by: danny00, 14 Aug 2014 7:19 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
and fridays is fridays when it comes to food. not great in the states and not so good in santo domingo
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From: United States
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Written by: Perception, 14 Aug 2014 10:40 PM
From: United States
in less than three weeks those remittances could take place without declaring more than 6 million dollars in checks, written without beneficiary, others for the future, many signed without an amount, among other characteristics submitted locally by the Courier as documents,"


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Written by: gomas, 15 Aug 2014 7:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
shopping on the web and smuggled checks? what's that have to do with web shopping?
Written by: gomas, 15 Aug 2014 7:45 AM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
sending money by western union is not an easy thing. small amounts yes, try and send 2000.00 and see the process that you go through.
Written by: Ricardolito, 15 Aug 2014 9:18 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Does this mean that all documentos sent with Fedex are going to be examines by customs. This is not their job surely. Many documentos are very personal and may regarding divorces or legal matters that no Government agency has the right to inspect.
Written by: zooma, 15 Aug 2014 10:22 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The taxes are supposed to be assigned to material goods having a commercial value. There is no taxing of documents.

The couriered checks should they be redeemed in Dominican banks will provide the government with taxes indirectly through fees and charges collected by the banks for the transactions. Therefore, the argument by the Customs chief holds little water. If there is money laundering involved the banks have a legal obligation to advise government.

The public making internet purchases under $200 should not be penalized for the actions of others.

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