Former SARS employee gets two years for fraud

2016-02-05 18:38


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Cape Town - A former SARS employee who defrauded the revenue service of over R700 000 has been sentenced to two years behind bars.

Daniel Dekker was convicted in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court after he created fraudulent income tax refunds for taxpayers, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said in a statement on Friday.

He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, of which three were suspended for five years, on condition that he not be convicted of fraud or theft within that period.

Ntabazalila said Dekker had received extensive training in SARS systems and processes and used this knowledge to create fraudulent refunds.

He drew clients by word of mouth and mostly rendered services to factory workers. He led them to believe that their employers had “over-taxed” them and that they were entitled to refunds.

Ntabazalila said the workers were not aware of Dekker’s conduct until the fraudulent operation was exposed. 

Dekker submitted false and incorrect information via e-filing over more than 45 months. SARS suffered a loss of R711 216.17. He gained R115 392 in the process.

SARS was recovering the inflated refunds, plus interest, from the workers. 

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