Tax cheat gets 15 years in jail

2012-10-17 16:55

Johannesburg - A man who attempted to bribe a SA Revenue Service (Sars) official has been jailed for 15 years by the Germiston Regional Court, Sars said on Wednesday.

Humphrey Ngundwe was sentenced to 10 years for corruption and five years for intimidation, to be served consecutively for a total of 15 years.

He is in custody, pending an appeal.

Ngundwe first ran foul of the law in 2008 when he attempted to claim R400 000 in fraudulent VAT refunds.

The claim was flagged during a Sars VAT screening process and a Sars staff member requested additional documentation.

Ngundwe offered the staff member a R20 000 bribe.

The staff member reported the offer to the Sars Anti-Corruption and Security division who, with the National Prosecuting Authority, set up a sting operation.

The staff member, under the instructions of the authorities, met Ngundwe and accepted the bribe resulting in the latter's arrest for corruption, said Sars in the statement.

Ngundwe was released on bail after a court appearance.

However, as soon as he was released, Ngundwe began telephoning the Sars staff member and demanding his fraudulent refund as well as the R20 000 bribe he paid in the sting.

He threatened to kill the staff member if he was not paid the money he demanded.

Ngundwe was re-arrested and this time charged with intimidation.

Sars said its staffer was given physical protection and moved to another office for the duration of Ngundwe's trial, due to concerns for his safety.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-17 17:06

    Now for some consistency. We know who the politicians are. Why are they still walking around and acting as they please? As if the laws are for only the unfamiliars?

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-17 17:18

      Ccracker, I could not believe when I read you first sentence - I suppose we all feel the same way.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-17 17:22

      Absolutely - this is the joke of the decade. Taxi's, Shebeens, Spaza shops, the plethora of road-side stalls, etc are defrauding the South African VAT tax-base out of billions in VAT revenue every year. R400k should be serious, but in comparison to the total loss in VAT revenue in SA due to township shops, taxi's and alike, it is laughable... It like reading about people who are caught driving (around) 170km/h, as headline news, while overloeaded, unroadworthy vehicles and trucks kill millions.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-17 17:22

      Well in SA the message is that if you plan to steal, steal big because then you wont be touched. This guy just set his sights too low.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-17 18:10

      Almost thought the Article was about Malema when i read the heading.... Aaaa well guess i have to wait for his sentence...

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-18 08:11

      @Claudia, you only pay Income tax if you earn more than R100k, so most of the informal type guys will never pay tax. We need to catch all the fraudsters who never pay or pay less than what they should. Guys like Wiese from Shoprite, Malema etc etc.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-17 17:07

    Well done. Ngundwe can now enjoy the hospitality of correctional services fo the next 15 years.

  • stefan.erasmus.756 - 2012-10-17 17:12

    Take Malema with you plesse.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-17 17:12

    How about we sentence Malema next!! That would be a great idea since he owes SARS 16 mill!!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:25

      Indeed! Well said!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-17 17:12

    What is the sentence for cANCer who are stealing taxpayers money?

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:29

      Act 1994 (1) 01. "YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW!" Act 1994 (1) 02. "SNIGGER!"

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:33

      Not a sentence I know, but theyre, above everything! Vermin!

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-17 17:14

    Don't mess with the piggies trough! How will they be able to feed on our money then?

  • Martha1234 - 2012-10-17 17:17

    Wow, the same sentence so many convicted killers get, guess money is more important than life in SA.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-10-17 17:34

      Exactly what i thought.

  • Ashley Van Zanten - 2012-10-17 17:39

    SARS should go after all tax evaders, not just those that bribe and intimidate!!! Why should the innocent taxpayers be made to pay to cover the costs of those that don't!!!

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-17 18:31

      Just one of the best performing departments we have. The focus should now be on Educ, Health...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-17 17:39

    Don't Malema owe Millions to the tax man? When they gonna put him in jail?

  • msturmair - 2012-10-17 17:40

    gut one, more to come....

  • timothy.vanas - 2012-10-17 17:46

    And fat boy is still walking free, free do talk to the youths and students. Our judicial system is a real joke.

  • farhad.abdoola - 2012-10-17 19:06

    15 years for vat fraud & 8 years for killing someone. Shows the value of human life compared to money in this sick world of ours:-(

  • Lionel Simmers - 2012-10-17 19:24

    How swift justice is when it comes to the man on the street...consistency. Convict a high-flyer if u please. That'll be newsworthy!

  • warren.slater.353 - 2012-10-17 19:53

    What I find disgusting is how this guy who is guilty of a non-violent crime serves his terms consecutively while most violent thugs guilty of multiple murders get concurrent sentences

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-17 20:58

      ...depends on who holds the 'most' funds. The poor guy seems to have something (to apeal for) compared to 'penniless' murderers.

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-10-17 19:57

    Murderers get 8years and this guy get 15 our country is confused

  • biltong.eldest - 2012-10-17 20:09

    Lesson to learn: Never try to steal something somebody higher up the food chain has already earmarked to steal.

  • simon.shee - 2012-10-17 23:06

    Only the small fish go to gaol. The more important you are, the more you can steal and with no consequences.

  • ravin.panday.9 - 2012-10-18 08:35

    Don't steal the government hates competition!!!!!

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