Main suspect in fraud case hands herself over

04 January 2017 | Crime

The police have confirmed the arrest of a senior tax officer of the Ministry of Finance in Walvis Bay, named as the main suspect in a fraud case involving over N$2 million.

Detective Chief Inspector Moses Uwu Khaeb said a woman suspected of being involved in the fraud case handed herself over to the police at Walvis Bay yesterday.

“She was arrested and will appear in court today with ten other suspects we arrested recently in connection with the case,” he said.

It is alleged that the accused, four of whom are employees of the Inland Revenue Department in Walvis Bay, defrauded the government of N$2 220 781 between 1 April 2013 and November 2016.

The suspects allegedly created fake Pay As You Earn (PAYE5) certificates using the names of approximately 21 accomplices (friends and relatives) and processed them.

This resulted in numerous undeserved tax refunds which were subsequently detected by the ministry's Security and Risk Management team.

Forensic experts conducted an internal investigation and then handed the case over to the police.

The first six of eleven suspects - a tax officer, a cleaner and four accomplices - were arrested on 27 and 28 December in Walvis Bay.

They were charged with fraud and contravening the Anti-Corruption Act and made their first appearance before Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court.

Nicolaidis denied them bail and postponed the case against Morne Feris (21), Henry Visagie (36), Jaqueline Imbili (44), Willemina Visagie (36), Quinton Mathews (42) and Marlon Prins (25) to 10 January.

Prosecutor Tuihaleni Hilikuete said the accused could interfere with witnesses and the arrests of other suspects.

Some of the alleged accomplices questioned by the police admitted their involvement. One told Namibian Sun that he was contacted and assisted one of the accused on numerous occasions.





“He requested and I allowed him to use my bank account after he told me that he had received a bonus payout. According to him he did not want the money to go into his own account, which was overdrawn, and he paid me a fee each time he used my account.”

OTIS FINCK

Similar News

 

Otjomuise shack fire claims two

13 hours ago | Crime

JANA-MARI SMITH A shack fire in Windhoek’s Otjomuise area killed two people over the weekend.The police reported that the two...

Cops crack drug syndicate

1 day - 18 June 2018 | Crime

Police and customs officials have made what could potentially be the biggest drug bust in the history of Namibia - 412kg of suspected cocaine with...

Stolen baby recovered at Ohangwena

4 days ago - 15 June 2018 | Crime

On the eve of Day of the African Child tomorrow, a 20-month old baby who was stolen at Oshakati on Wednesday has been recovered by...

Scammers use fake Nandi-Ndaitwah account

4 days ago - 15 June 2018 | Crime

A trending Facebook account purporting to be that of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is a sham, deputy minister Christine //Hoebes warned in the National Assembly...

Suspected church killers appear

5 days ago - 14 June 2018 | Crime

The four suspects, who were arrested for the murder of a 28-year-old man in a church at Odibo, have appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court.The...

A dhipaga okanona ke

1 week ago - 06 June 2018 | Crime

Omukiintu omukwashigwana gwAngola, okwa holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata mOutapi, mOmaandaha, ta tamanekelwa oshipotha shedhipago lyokanona ke komasiku 17 hoka ka adhika ka fumbikwa popepi...

Omulongiskola a tulwa miipandeko sho a adhika niingangamithi

2 weeks ago - 05 June 2018 | Crime

Omulongiskola poskola yedhina Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School mOtjiwarongo okwa tulwa miipandekosho a adhika niingangamithi yocannabis.Omukiintu gwoomvula 40 oshowo kuume ke gwoomvula 54...

124 land invasions in Khomas

2 weeks ago - 04 June 2018 | Crime

The Khomas Region experienced an overall decrease in crime of 2% in 2017/18 compared to the previous year, with the murder rate declining by 27%...

Teacher arrested for dagga dealing

2 weeks ago - 04 June 2018 | Crime

A teacher at the Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School in Otjiwarongo has been arrested for allegedly dealing in cannabis.The 40-year-old woman and her 54-year-old male...

Valombola not a danger to public safety - magistrate

2 weeks ago - 01 June 2018 | Crime

Commissioner for refugees Likius Valombola has been released on N$15 000 bail by the Windhoek Magistrate's Court following his re-arrest for allegedly shooting and killing...

Latest News

Kingon re-appointed as SARS commissioner

13 hours ago | Economics

South African Revenue Service (SARS) acting commissioner Mark Kingon’s time at the helm has been extended by another three months, after minister of finance Nhlanhla...

Support for refugees

13 hours ago | Economics

NDAMA NAKASHOLEA total of N$13.2 million has been allocated in 2018/19 financial year to the administration of refugees programme under the home affairs ministry.The programme...

Totem

13 hours ago | Economics

Quote of the day“The Minerals Council believes that much more work needs to be done to create a Mining Charter that promotes competitiveness, investment, growth...

Court reins in spies

13 hours ago | Justice

The flimsy fig leaf of national security and secrecy, used by government, especially the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS), to withhold information in a constitutional...

Phosphate judgment on Thursday

13 hours ago | Environment

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has reserved judgment until Thursday on whether the granting of an environmental clearance certificate to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) will be...

Public grills ECN contenders

13 hours ago | Government

OGONE TLHAGEThe Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has started interviewing candidates for the position of chief electoral officer.For the first time ever, the process, which...

Otjomuise shack fire claims two

13 hours ago | Crime

JANA-MARI SMITH A shack fire in Windhoek’s Otjomuise area killed two people over the weekend.The police reported that the two...

Katrina takes time into own...

13 hours ago | Education

The education ministry has issued a directive that schools may not start earlier than 07:30 or later than 08:30.This follows numerous directives issued by the...

Two in court after drug...

13 hours ago | Justice

Two men arrested in connection with a drug bust at the port of Walvis Bay on Friday made their first court appearance yesterday. Grant Noble...

Load More