Cape Town mother and son in dock in R1m tax fraud case

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A Cape Town mother and son have been arrested for alleged tax fraud of R1 million.

Antoinette Pender, 63, and her son, John L' Amour Pender, 38, appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday, following a court summons served by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation team.

"John L' Amour Pender, a registered tax practitioner, allegedly submitted several fictitious invoices to the SA Revenue Service (SARS) on behalf of his mom, who is a registered taxpayer. This happened...between 2010 and 2016," Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said.

An initial audit probe by SARS revealed that the invoices were allegedly forged.

SARS estimated that a loss of more than R1 million was incurred.

The matter was referred to the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation team, which resulted in the arrest of the mother and son.

The case was postponed to 26 February 2021.


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