Sweet deal goes sour for fraudulent confectionary importer

2015-11-20 18:48
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Cape Town – A Cape Town sweets importer was slapped with a heavy fine and three years of house arrest on Friday for defrauding the tax man, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

David Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Sweets, defrauded the SA Revenue Services (SARS) of just over a million rand, said Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

The 54-year-old businessman issued false invoices to avoid paying customs duties and VAT.

He was convicted and sentenced in the Parow Regional Court for possession of writable invoices and 11 counts of fraud.

"Investigations revealed manipulated writable invoices where Gordon requested his foreign suppliers to manipulate quantities so that upon arrival in South Africa, he would pay less duty and vat taxes," Ntabazalila said.”

As part of a plea and sentencing agreement, he was fined R700 000.

"He had earlier paid SARS the R1 032 836 it lost as a result of his fraudulent ways. This means he has paid R1.7m."

He was further sentenced to five years in jail, suspended for five years on condition that he was not convicted of fraud in that time.

A correctional services commissioner would monitor his house arrest and make sure he did not consume alcohol or drugs. 

Ntabazalila said the accused had tried "every means possible" since 2004 to avoid having his day in court.

Prosecutor Ralph Zeeman said he hoped that the case would be an example to other importers "employing the same tactics" to desist immediately.

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