Western Cape fraudster found guilty on over 40 charges

Johan Van Staden defrauded Sars of more than R250 million between 2005 and 2008.

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CAPE TOWN - A man accused of masterminding the biggest fraud case in the Western Cape has been found guilty of multiple charges of fraud.

Johan Van Staden defrauded the South African Revenue Services (Sars) of more than R250 million between 2005 and 2008.

He and three others appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.

The court found the main accused, Van Staden, used a fishing company as a front to submit false VAT returns, acquiring millions in Sars payouts.

He is said to have spent the money on trips to the Rugby World Cup, two farms and luxury vehicles among other things.

Van Staden has been found guilty on more than 40 counts ranging from racketeering, fraud, forgery and reckless trading.

He has been taken into custody and is expected to apply for bail tomorrow morning.

Clear signs of relief could be seen on the faces of his three co-accused as the judge acquitted them of all charges.