Duo arrested for tax fraud worth over R1.2 million

PRETORIA – Two suspects aged 43 and 69, attached to a local Fruit and vegetable store in Port Elizabeth were arrested yesterday with J175 court summons by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime investigation team.
The duo allegedly submitted a dozen of fictitious invoices to South African Revenue Services (SARS) claiming to have had business transaction with two other local companies over a period between August 2012 and July 2016.
A diligent probe by SARS revealed that the twelve (12) invoices and the two (2) suppliers were allegedly forged, fictitious, and fraudulent, as these invoices were not issued by the two (2) said suppliers.
Consequently, SARS suffered an actual loss that exceed R1.2 million and the matter was referred to the Hawks for investigation.
The two suspects are expected to appear at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Port Elizabeth on the 17 August 2020.

Source: South African Police Service

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