Father and daughter arrested for allegedly defrauding SARS of over R 900K in Mpumalanga

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Mpumalanga Hawks has confirmed the arrest of a 30 years Thato Charmaine Philane on allegations of fraud, theft and contravening the provisions of the Tax Administration Act.

Philane who is the daughter a 58 years old Sipho Andrew Philane made a brief appearance at Nelspruit Magistrates Court shortly after she was arrested on the same day, 08 December.

Mpumalanga Hawks Spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said that according to information at their disposal, both Charmaine Philane and her father Sipho Philane colluded together in April 2017 to register a company where they later on allegedly unduly benefited by misrepresenting, defrauding and prejudicing the South African Revenue Services (SARS) of money amounting to over R 900K.

Further investigations also revealed that Charmaine Philane was the sole director of the subject company.

“Transfers were made from Sipho Zethu Trading CC’s bank account and into Philane’s personal bank account.”

She added that both suspects were released on R 5000.00 bail pending further appearance on December 14th and the case is set to be led by a Specialised Prosecutor.

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