N$20 000 bail for alleged tax fraudster

28 Jan 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) - A resident of Rehoboth arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) earlier this month in connection with tax refund fraud has been granted bail of N.dollars 20 000.
Court papers availed to Nampa on Thursday show that accused Glorette Christine Gertze (age not mentioned) was given bail when she appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Celma Ndapewa Amadhila along L├╝deritz Street here on Wednesday morning.
The bail was granted with conditions in that Gertze reports herself to the Rehoboth Police Station on Wednesdays between 08h00 and 20h00.
The bail was granted as per agreement reached between Gertze's privately-instructed defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht and Public Prosecutor Erastus Hatutale in court on Wednesday.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Gertze committed the alleged fraud between June 2014 and 18 January 2016 when she allegedly wrongfully, unlawfully and falsely pretended to Ananias Iyambo, an employee of the Ministry of Finance, that she was entitled to certain amounts of money in terms of tax refund claims.
As per her request, a total of N.dollars 678 031.08 was paid by the finance ministry into a business account belonging to her.
It is further alleged that Gertze claimed the aforesaid amount from the finance ministry under false pretences while she was fully aware that she was not entitled to any money in respect of tax refunds.
Gertze's fraud case was then remanded until 10 May this year, pending further police investigations into the matter.