R70m Sars fraud - probe continues

2011-03-14 21:43

Johannesburg - Twelve Metropolitan employees have been suspended for allegedly defrauding the SA Revenue Services (Sars) of R1.5m, the insurance company said on Monday.

"Metropolitan has suspended 12 employees from its Tzaneen office and will implement formal disciplinary action against the accused immediately," spokesperson Phillip Matlakala said in a statement.

The total extent of the fraud was estimated at R70m.

"It is anticipated that Sars' own investigation will uncover a much wider fraud scam to account for the rest of the R70m."

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-14 21:54

    Just another institution the ANC can't run because they have such a small capacity of honest people and such a lack of checks and balances.

  • em_oh! - 2011-03-14 22:02

    Sheesh and I have nightmares in case I fail to declare the odd two cents. Oh well what else do you expect!!

  • Bill - 2011-03-14 22:05

    Suspension...disciplinary action?? How about arrest, damnit!

      oldfashioned - 2011-03-14 22:41

      Absolutely! We should all agree not to submit any tax returns or payments until these people are arrested, as other criminals are - unless they are employed in a national or local government department.

      Marietjie - 2011-03-15 08:11

      Ja ek stem saam. Dis mos krimineel en hulle moet net soos enige ander misdadiger vervolg en gevonnis word. Hierdie "disciplinary action, suspension" is net oƫverblindery en moet gestaak word. Ons betaal belasting, elke stukkie bloed word uitgedruk, maar waar gaan daai bloedgeld heen - in die SARS werkers se sakke! ANC moet nou wakker skrik en iets daadwerkliks doen aan die situasie. Die kiesers moet ook nou wakker skrik en sien hoe hulle ook benadeel word!

  • Coffeeor Me - 2011-03-14 22:12

    We as a nation, and this time no colour or creed is included in the equation, South Africa will not prosper untill we have been brought to the ground, not even to our knees, but absoloutly level with the earth, only then will we be able to start a proud new ending with an equal begining.

      birdman - 2011-03-14 22:27

      What we should do is take all of SA's wealth from all the rich people and divide it equally amongst everyone. That should be about R10 000 each?? Within 18 months, all the rich people will have most of their money back and the poor people will be poor again! Then we will see if the "Bee Rich" will make it on their own or if they will make up the ranks of the poor? So long as this government can steal from the rich and give it to their buddies, this Country is going nowhere! Wealthy people have one thing in common - they work smart and employ people. They are then castigated for their forethought by being taxed into the ground!

      GT - 2011-03-14 22:33

      that is a kak idea, all you end up with is a few rich warlords and a starving population. Look NORTH! Metropolitan - TOGETHER WE CAN (defraud SARS)

  • Dennis Chen - 2011-03-14 22:16

    and they were going to hand me over to the lawyers if I didn't pay my provisional tax within 5 days of contacting me. funny thing is I did pay this on the due date but they screwed up somewhere. honest tax payers gotta pay for their mistakes. I think I need to find a job in the gov. too!

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-14 22:17

    Hey...wait...THATS MY MONEY! O yea, nothing new then. And paying for the investigation and then their lawyers.

      Felix - 2011-03-15 08:43

      Lets hope they get away with it or we'll also be paying their accommodation for a few years...

  • Benzo - 2011-03-14 22:23

    If defrauding SARS for a considerable amount (and more to come?) is possible, we should query SARS internal controls. This effects your and my tax assessments!!! And.....all under the watch of the current Minister of Finance, the much lauded Pravin. What is next????

  • ArtGee - 2011-03-15 06:18

    So they "found" the leak in the COFFERS..... now how many will be sent to jail, is the question????

  • BigD - 2011-03-15 06:28

    What did they actually do to get the R70mil. maybe I am missing something in the article.

      Wedfew - 2011-03-15 07:08

      they gov. officials you get away with anything absolutely anything...

  • AJ - 2011-03-15 07:07

    Guus, this fraud is within Metropolitan, a private company, to defraud SARS. Now I know govt is useless, but lets not apportion blame in the wrong place either.

  • Boerseun - 2011-03-15 09:53

    That's what happens when ex terrorists are handling public funds.

  • DW - 2011-03-15 10:04

    Please take note. You cannot try to get away with paying tax. SARS will catch you out. In this instance, 12 METROPOLITAN employees have been suspended - probably submitting fraudulent VAT or Customs duty returns - AND SARS CAUGHT THEM OUT. The fraud was not at SARS offices and was not SARS employees. It was a company who was trying to get away with paying less tax (or its employees who were trying to commit fraud using the company as a cover)

  • WISBAH - 2011-03-15 12:19

    how can they tighten Vat registration and loosen Payment? they want all sorts of documents when applying but relax on payments

  • Donny86 - 2011-03-15 13:31

    Lets Take Race out of this equation...... The question is what are we AS SOUTH AFRICAN'S going to do about it. We have so much energy to bitch and complain, yet no one does a thing a bout it. For example Eskom wants us to pay more, but they are paying out insane bonuses. Come one guys we all can play a part in changing things here. Im tired of people saying our county is going down the drain, take control! There is no point doing it alone. I have many ideas should any one be willing.

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