A woman from the Eastern Cape in South Africa has been found guilty of defrauding the South African Revenue Services (SARS) over a period of six years.
The woman, named Paulina Muzenda, and her company, Yokei Trading Close Corporation, were convicted of fraud charges in the East London Regional Court.
According to Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, a spokesperson for the Provincial Hawks, Muzenda and her company supplied goods to Buffalo City Municipality, Amathole District Municipality, and Standard Bank Fleet Management during the 2016/2017 financial year.
However, they did not declare the income when filing for Value Added Tax (VAT) returns, resulting in a loss of more than R175,000 for the South African Revenue Services (SARS).
The matter was brought to the attention of the Hawks, leading to Muzenda’s arrest in 2021. After a series of court appearances, both Muzenda and her company were found guilty.
The court ordered Yokei Trading CC to pay a fine of R25,000.
Muzenda herself was given the choice between paying a fine of R50,000 or serving a direct imprisonment term of five years, with half of the term suspended for five years on the condition that she does not commit the same offense during the suspension period.
If she chooses imprisonment, she would be incarcerated for a period of two and a half years (30 months).
The Provincial Head, Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya, commended the officers involved in successfully prosecuting the case.