MPUMALANGA – Themba Jordan Shakoane (44), was released on R1500-00 bail by the Witbank Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 16 August 2023 following his arrest by the Hawks Middelburg based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for contravention of Tax return.
During January 2017, Mr Themba Jordan Shakoane was employed by Transnet in Nelspruit. It is alleged that the accused was the intermediary who recruited runners as well as co-workers and lured them to commit tax fraud. The recruits were promised tax refunds if their tax returns were submitted through e-filing by Mr Mphephu, a Tax Consultant.
The Tax Consultant allegedly submitted fraudulent claims and false information which generated tax refunds on behalf of the recruited taxpayers. His co- accused made their first appearance before Witbank Magistrate Court during December 2022. Shakoane benefited by receiving payment from the Tax Consultant Mr Mphephu for recruiting and SARS for falsified claims (tax refunds). SARS was defrauded R960 000-00 in the process.
The case was postponed to 29 August 2023 to be joined with his co-accused and the matter will be transferred to Middelburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
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