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MPUMALANGA BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING SARS OVER R1.5MILLION

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June Maphanga (46) and Godfrey Maphanga (45) were found guilty and sentenced by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday 18 February 2020 for fraud, money laundering, forgery, and uttering.  

They were each sentenced to ten (10) years direct imprisonment.

In  May 2009, the Maphanga`s brothers who were owning a construction company then defrauded and prejudiced the South African Revenue Services (SARS) by submitting false tax returns to the total amount of R1 548 119,19. The matter was reported to the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in 2009 and the suspects were arrested and charged on 33 counts of fraud and money laundering amongst others.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga,  Major General Zodwa Mokoena has welcomed the ten-year sentence handed the down by the court

“We are encouraged that even such a long time to see at the end of the day the efforts of the investigation team and judiciary for making sure the two brothers have been punished for their criminal activities.  We hope that this sentence will send a good message to fraudsters that the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them,” said Major General Mokoena.

Zandri Brümmer