KZN woman gets 7-year sentence for R4m tax fraud

Saraspathie Vallee pleaded guilty to VAT fraud and contravening of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act late last week in a Durban court.

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CAPE TOWN - A KwaZulu-Natal woman who defrauded the South African Revenue Service (Sars) out of millions has been slapped with a seven-year prison sentence.

Saraspathie Vallee pleaded guilty to VAT fraud and contravening of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act late last week in a Durban court.

Using the Sars e-filing service, she claimed a VAT refund to the value of nearly R4 million for a single tax period in 2014.

She gave the service false information to back up her claim.