A 47-year-old man is set to appear at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on 10 February 2021 to face 16 counts of fraud and 10 counts of contravening the Tax Administration Act as well as forgery.

He was summoned on 20 January 2021 by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit in Port Elizabeth after an intensive probe into the matter.

The man who is a director at a computer sales company allegedly failed to submit tax returns and when he submitted, he furnished the South African Revenue Service (SARS) with fraudulent information on his VAT and Tax returns as well as forged invoices between February 2013 and December 2019. Cash of more than R1 538 000 was lost due to these fraudulent activities.