Bookkeeper convicted for fraud of around R2.4 million


Bookkeeper convicted for fraud of around R2.4 million in Gqeberha - Image via News24 (Supplied by Hawks)

Linda Ann Labuschagne (42) has been convicted by the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sitting in Gqeberha for multiple counts of tax fraud amounting to over R2.4 million.

Lt. Col. Nkwalase, police spokesperson says Labuschagne was arrested on 20 July 2021, after two cases of fraud were reported in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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The cases were reported by her former employers in the tax consulting industry based in Gqeberha.

“The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation found that she convinced her former employers’ clients to pay all tax-related dues to an ‘updated’ bank account. The said account was hers and not that of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) as she purported,” said Nkwalase.

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The court has convicted her on 119 counts of fraud committed during the period 2017 to 2020.

The court has remanded the case to 01 July 2022 for sentencing.

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