SARS official arrested for alleged corruption and extortion in Bloemfontein

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A 39-year-old South African Revenue Service (SARS) official is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court for allegedly enticing and extorting money from a company director on Monday.

In February 2019, the company director was issued with a subpoena for outstanding tax returns and payments. In March of the same year, the company's auditor liaised with the SARS official and all necessary documents required were handed in as arranged, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn.

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"It is alleged the business owner received several phone calls from the accused, requesting to meet him personally. The complainant met with the suspect, where he alleged that he could help the complainant resolve the outstanding tax assessments to disappear in return for a R20 000 gratification," Steyn said.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Monday granted a directive and the complainant met with the suspect at the company offices, where an amount of R10 000 was agreed upon. He was arrested on the spot for alleged corruption and extortion. His private vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz sedan, was also seized during the operation," Steyn said.

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