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    Man wanted for allegedly defrauding SARS of R28m

    Nelspruit based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation is looking for Sifiso Innocent Mabuza (39) for fraud and contravention of tax administration Act after defrauding South African Revenue Services (SARS) of R28 million.

    WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED FOR SARS FRAUDSTER

    It is alleged that between 2018 and 2021, Mabuza who was the director of Shishila Rural Trading submitted fraudulent tax returns to SARS and prejudiced the receiver of revenue an amount of R28 million. 

    Police said the court has issued a warrant for his arrest hence he is sought. 

    Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Mabuza is urged to contact the Investigating Officer on the case, Lieutenant Colonel Thabelo Takalani on 0714812848. #CrimeStop.

    FRAUD ACCUSED RELEASED ON R5000 BAIL

    Meanwhile, the Secunda Regional Court has released fraud-accused Gert Wessel van der Westhuizen (60), on R5 000 bail.

    Van der Westhuizen was arrested by the Secunda-based Hawks serious commercial crime investigation and charged with fraud totalling over R2.3 million.

    “It is alleged that three suspects recruited unsuspecting victims to invest money (promising that) in return they will get interest. The complainant in this matter invested R1 200 000 on the advice of an accomplice of Van der Westhuizen on October 9, 2017 into Extreme Business Solutions by transferring the money into an FNB bank account,”

    said Hawks spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

    She said that after investigation, it was discovered that the account holder is Extreme Business Solutions (PTY) Ltd and that Van der Westhuizen was appointed as the authorised representative primary user for FNB online banking dated June 6, 2014 as the only signatory as per affidavit in terms of section 236 of Act 51 of 1977 from FNB Ban.

    Sekgotodi said the complainant was advised by Van der Westhuizen’s accomplice to invest in another company called (UGI) Unique Global investments (PTY) LTD because it allegedly had better returns compared to Extreme Business solutions.

    “On that advice, the complainant transferred R500 000 into an FNB account on November 13, 2018 to convert into bitcoins

    “The ensuing investigation revealed that the account belonged to COINBR SA (PTY) LTD and that a second accomplice was appointed as the authorised representative primary user for FNB online Banking dated April 28, 2015 as authorised signatory according to an affidavit in terms of section 236 of Act 51 of 1977 from FNB bank,” said Sekgotodi.

    INVESTMENT PAYMENTS SUDDENTLY STOPPED

    Furthermore, due to the victim’s investments, she was promised a monthly payment of R40 000.

    The victim received payments for 11 months and thereafter they stopped.

    “The complainant made some enquiries with Hester Marx as to why the payments have stopped. The complainant was given a barrage of excuses but eventually, the complainant was promised that the outstanding monies will be paid,”

    said Sekgotodi.

    The complainant’s money was used to purchase bitcoins in an account allegedly managed by Extreme Business Solutions.

    She said the total amount with interest for the investments is approximately R2.3 million.

    The case was postponed until June 10 so that the other two suspects, whose warrants have been issued, can be arrested and be joined with Van der Westhuizen’s next appearance.

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