Durban fraud accused seeks more info

2012-06-11 14:00

Durban - A Durban businesswoman accused of inflating invoices to cut her tax bill has the right to know more about the charges against her, her lawyer argued on Monday.

Wim Trengove SC, told the Durban Magistrate's Court his client Shauwn Mpisane would deny she was guilty of fraud.

She is accused of submitting revised financial statements to the SA Revenue Service (Sars) for her company with inflated purchases that ultimately resulted in the company's profit being understated in 2008.

According to the State, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport CC's bookkeeper Kishal Reddy forged four invoices in the amount of R5 053 035.

This was allegedly done on the instructions of Mpisane.

Trengove said the State needed to provide Mpisane with evidence of her "complicity".

"There is little doubt that [the forging of invoices] was all Mr Reddy's work. She will deny she had any complicity," said Trengove.

He said Mpisane was "entitled to know what it is that she did in perpetrating the fraud".

The State claimed Mpisane had got others to commit the criminal offences of which she was accused.

However, the State had not revealed with whom or how she did this and when she did so, Trengove said.

He was arguing for an order to be made by the court to force the State to provide more details.

Mpisane is also alleged to have under or overstated the VAT returns by Zikhulise in 2010.

Among the people who packed the courtroom gallery on Monday was suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

According to a Mercury newspaper report on 30 May, Mpisane attracted Sars's attention when questions arose about how her husband, former eThekwini metro policeman S’bu Mpisane, was funding his plush house and many expensive cars.

The matter continues.

  • - 2012-06-11 14:15

    Trengove, resign as council while you can, what are odds of you being paid?

      Fussed - 2012-06-11 14:41

      Oh They dont lose, They get money (cash)upfront and lots of it and only quit when they are ahead. Then they will sit and revise invoices to cover the balance

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-06-11 14:49

    She'll be found guilty but the following day she'll be hit with a R400 000 000 tender just to make her feel better and maintain her lavish lifestyle yet the houses being built by her company don't even last 6 months

  • Kala - 2012-06-11 15:07

    I think Cele was there to check that she did not implicate him in some wrong doings.

      Fussed - 2012-06-11 15:09

      Checking to see if his cut is still safe

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-11 17:37

      He has his fat fingers in that pie too... Probably illegal tenders with a kick-back!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-11 15:20

    if she was an ANC employee the trial would be dragged out forever, she charges will go nowhere and she'd be pushed into some other government position. also, strange that raping someone's daughter in SA is ok, but don't steal his money!!!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-11 15:42

    when it comes to cANCer and their comrades accused of any wrong doing , justice and the taxpayer need a miracle to get a conviction. that s@#an pravin, showers them with a bottomless purse of our money so that they can screw justice and the taxpayer. thugs , all of them

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-11 17:34

    You'll probably find that her cleaning contracts were signed and sealed by illegal tenders. I love it when a can of worms is opened lol... What was Cele doing there I wonder???

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