Mon, 27 Sep 2021

  • A father and daughter have appeared in court on charges of fraud.
  • They are accused of posing as company directors and submitting false tax returns.
  • The accused allegedly received more than R400 000 from SARS.

A father and daughter have been arrested in Mpumalanga for allegedly posing as company directors and submitting false tax returns.

The two appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday after being arrested earlier in the day by members of the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit in Mpumalanga. Phillip Mutikobola Lukhele, 64, and his daughter, Valencia Thembelihle Lukhele, 38, were each granted R2 000 bail.

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The pair allegedly defrauded the South African Revenue Service of more than R400 000, Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said.

"It is alleged that in March 2018 Phillip and his daughter, Valencia, unlawfully claimed undue funds by submitting false tax returns on behalf of the unregistered company Mzithe Trading CC. Money was paid into Mzithe Trading CC, prejudicing the South African Revenue Service (SARS) of an amount of... R417 860. The funds were further transferred into their personal bank accounts and two other beneficiaries, Sibusiso Simon Mlambo, 37, and Caswell Thokozani Shongwe, 40," Sekgotodi said.

The accused face charges of fraud, theft, contravening the provisions of the Tax Administration Act and money laundering for contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The matter was postponed to 11 August 2021 for a special SARS prosecutor to be appointed, Sekgotodi said.

Source: News24

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