SABC News - Mpumalanga teachers arrested for defrauding SARS:Thursday 5 September 2013

Mpumalanga teachers arrested for defrauding SARS

Thursday 5 September 2013 17:11

SAPA

These crimes were allegedly carried out in 2012(SABC)

More than 20 Mpumalanga teachers were arrested on Thursday for defrauding the SA Revenue Service (SARS) of R7 million, the Hawks said.

A Sapa correspondent reported that the teachers, from the Ehlanzeni and Bohlabela educational districts, were arrested by the Hawks at their workplaces. "We had 36 warrants of arrest in Mpumalanga. When I left this afternoon we had already arrested 22 and the arrests are still continuing," said Captain  Paul Ramoloko.

"Some of the teachers were found at school, while others were arrested at their education circuit offices. They allegedly defrauded the SARS through tax returns and the amount involved is R7m."

Ramoloko said the teachers would appear in four courts on Friday on charges of fraud. "They are going to appear in KaBokweni, Komatipoort, Bushbuckridge and Nelspruit Magistrate's Courts," said Ramoloko.

The crimes were committed in 2012.
  
"In the second phase of the arrests, we will be arresting SARS officials as well," he said.

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