A Cape Town mother (63) and her son (38) are facing charges of tax fraud exceeding R1 million. Antoinette and John L’ Amour Pender appeared in the Bellville Magistrate Court on 1 February 2021.
The duo, were served with court summons by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation team on 26 January 2021.
John L’ Amour Pender, a registered tax practitioner, allegedly submitted several fictitious invoices to the SA Revenue Services (SARS) on behalf of his mom who is a registered taxpayer. This happened over a period between 2010 and 2016.
An initial audit probe by SARS revealed that the invoices were allegedly forged and 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 pair.
The case against the duo was postponed to the 26 February 2021.