Following lengthy investigations the Hawks’ Commercial Wing arrested a 42 year old, alleged fake Tax practitioner for fraud.

It is alleged that during the period 2009 and 2012 the suspect, a self-professed tax-consultant would approach unsuspecting SARS clients, undertake to assist them in submitting their returns, he would then, on their behalf submit fictitious business related financial statements as well as false business expenses/losses as supporting documents. Upon the refund materialising he would then allegedly pocket large sums.

As a result of these unlawful actions the Receiver of Revenue has suffered losses amounting to approximately R691 000.00.

He is expected to appear at the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court on the 1st of August 2016 to answer to charges in contravention of the Income Tax Act.