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Former tax collector employee apprehended for fraud

JOHANNESBURG, May 18 – A 42-year–old former South African Revenue Service (SARS) has been arrested for allegedly defrauding his former employer of almost half a million rand.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Thursday said it was alleged that that between 2011 and 2014 the suspect; who was employed at SARS Bellville, unlawfully submitted fraudulent tax returns on behalf of private individuals.

The Hawks said the accused would then charge a fee on the amount reimbursed to taxpayers. The receiver of revenue apparently suffered losses of about R433,456.74 as a result of the suspect’s unlawful activities.

The Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks arrested the accused on Wednesday. He is expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 30 May to face charges relating to fraud.
– African News Agency (ANA)

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