Cape Town – A woman has been arrested for fraud and contravening personal and company tax law related to some R17 million.
She was arrested in Pretoria on Wednesday by the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate (NPA ID) and the South African Revenue Services (SARS).
According to News24, she was arrested by arrangement on the same day as she appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.
The ID and SARS claim the fraud allegations stem from “proceeds that are derived from alleged Eskom looting”.
“Jaqueline Legoabe, director of Titan E Services (Pty) Ltd, was in the docket for defrauding the South African Revenue Service (SARS) of more than R17.7 million in tax evasion between 2015 and 2020,” the ID and SARS said, according to SA news.
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“She faces 30 counts of fraud for allegedly failing to declare and misrepresenting some of her income tax returns and that of Titan E Services (Pty) Ltd. She further faces alternative counts of contravening sections 235 (1) (a) and (d) of the Tax Administration Act no 28 of 2011.
“The accused was legally obligated and compelled to submit an annual tax return for the periods stipulated as published in the Government Gazette,” the statement read.
Legoabe is out on R10 000 bail and is due back in court on on 28 March 2023.
Titan E Services is involved in the fraud and corruption case against former Eskom senior contracts manager France Hlakudi, who is accused of raking in millions of rands in alleged bribes from subcontractors – including Titan E Services – while he was capital contracts senior manager at the Kusile power station.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin