Last member of Sars tax fraud syndicate sentenced

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Pretoria - The last member of a syndicate that systematically defrauded the SA Revenue Service (Sars) has been given two prison sentences of 15 years each, Sars said in a statement.

Syndicate members included former Sars employees Sydney Moyo (whom Sars calls the mastermind of the scam), his wife Jane and Richard Bopape.

The syndicate offered jobs to unemployed residents in Mamelodi and Soshanguve in return for copies of their identity documents. These identity documents were then used to "register" the victims as taxpayers. Fraudulent IRP5 certificates were subsequently produced, indicating that their “employers” had deducted excessive tax from their salaries.

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