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Elderly Woman And Daughter In Court For Allegedly Defrauding SARS

They are accused of violating Section 234, which pertains to the submission of false information and fraudulent returns, and Section 235, which deals with the evasion of tax liabilities and deceitful conduct involving tax matters.

Mary Joyce Mlangeni, an elderly woman, and her daughter, Ntombizodwa Siphesihle Thompson, are facing serious charges related to alleged tax fraud.

Mlangeni, who is the sole member of Lutshango Security and Trading, stands accused of submitting false information and fraudulent tax returns to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in March 2015.

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The accusations detail that Mlangeni and her daughter knowingly provided inaccurate financial data to benefit unlawfully from tax refunds.

According to the Hawks provincial spokesperson, Warrant Officer Thandi Tshabalala, the fraudulent activity involved a substantial claim amounting to R48 million.

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Despite the hefty claim, only R90,200 was eventually paid into the company’s First National Bank (FNB) account. This significant discrepancy raised red flags and initiated a thorough investigation by the authorities.

The misrepresentation of financial records and intentional submission of false tax returns are at the core of the allegations, pointing to a deliberate attempt to deceive SARS.

The charges against Mlangeni and Thompson are severe, as they contravene specific sections of the Tax Administration Act.

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They are accused of violating Section 234, which pertains to the submission of false information and fraudulent returns, and Section 235, which deals with the evasion of tax liabilities and deceitful conduct involving tax matters.

These sections are critical in maintaining the integrity of the tax system, and breaches can result in significant legal consequences.

During the initial court session, both accused were granted bail under specific conditions. Mlangeni was given bail set at R5,000 while Thompson’s bail was determined to be R3,000. The courtroom was filled with anticipation as the two women made their appearance, with the judge emphasizing the severity of the charges they face.

Statements and reactions from both the accused and their legal representatives were observed throughout the session.

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Mlangeni and Thompson maintained their innocence, with their defence lawyers arguing for leniency and emphasizing the absence of a prior criminal record. The judge, however, highlighted the gravity of defrauding the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the importance of upholding the integrity of the tax administration system.

The case has been postponed to June 28, 2024, providing both the defence and the prosecution ample time to prepare their arguments.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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