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Ex-Sars official jailed

Bronwyn Masters-Goldman and her husband pleaded guilty to over 200 charges of fraud and forgery.

Former Sars employee Bronwyn Masters-Goldman and her husband pleaded guilty to over 200 charges of fraud and forgery. Picture: Stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town woman will spend 12 years behind bars for defrauding the South African Revenue Service (Sars) of more than R6 million.

Bronwyn Masters-Goldman and husband Neil pleaded guilty to over 200 charges, including fraud and forgery.

The couple was sentenced in the Bellville Regional Court on Tuesday.

Masters-Goldman was a former senior Sars official.

She worked as an audit team leader and was responsible for the allocation and authorisation of VAT refunds to vendors.

Masters-Goldman manipulated the system and paid about R6 million into her husband's bank account.

The transaction was made under the guise of VAT refunds for his panel beating business.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority, Sars was only able to recover just under R2 million.

Masters-Goldman's husband was sentenced to eight years in prison, suspended for five years.

He will also undergo three years of correctional supervision.