Mpumalanga man sentenced for defrauding taxman

The Nelspruit Serious Commercial Crime Court has sentenced Tommy Mduduzi Masango for contravening the provisions of the Income Tax Act and Tax Administration Act. 

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesperson for Hawks in Mpumalanga, said Masango prejudiced the SA Revenue Service and caused an actual loss of R183 128.

“It is alleged that in June 2014, the accused unlawfully and with intent to obtain refunds by evading assessment, made false statements or entry on his original and/or revised tax returns and submitted fraudulent IRP5 certificates to the revenue service,” said Sekgotodi.

The matter was referred to Hawks’ Nelspruit-based serious commercial crime investigation unit for further investigation.

“During the investigation, it was established that the accused does not have a company and he was arrested,” said Sekgotodi.

Masango was sentenced to a fine of R80 000 or two years in prison wholly suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of crimes under the Income Tax Act or the Tax Administration Act during the suspension period.

He was also ordered to pay R183 128 back to the taxman.


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