New fraud charge for Mpisane

2013-02-22 00:00

FLAMBOYANT Durban entrepreneur Shawn Mpisane saw another fraud charge levelled against her by the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mpisane is accused number two on the charge sheet; her company, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, is number one.

The trial has been set down for between September 9 and 13.

Earlier this week, before the matter went to court yesterday, Mpisane’s legal representative, advocate Jimmy Howse, tried to have the court remove the matter from the roll.

This after state prosecutor Meera Naidu had requested a postponement for enough time to collate the prosecution’s evidence.

At the time, Naidu said the state had about 800 pages of cellphone evidence to consider and was contemplating adding a fraud charge, which was finally added yesterday.

Mpisane is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice, tax evasion and corruption.

According to court papers, Mpisane was arrested and charged on June 2, 2011, at the Durban Regional Court after an investigation allegedly found that she had committed fraud and tax evasion.

She allegedly submitted false financial statements and misrepresented facts, a move which prejudiced the SA Revenue Service.

Revised statements from her company were allegedly not a true and accurate reflection of the company’s business activities.

The Mpisanes’ possessions and bank accounts are under the control of authorities, who are trying to recover at least R70 million in unpaid taxes.

Mpisane’s appearance in the Commercial Crimes Court last week was preceded by a joint raid by the Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit on February 6. Assets including 51 cars were seized.

ayanda.mdluli@witness.co.za

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