Six appear for N$ 2 million MoF fraud in Walvis Bay

29 Dec 2016 16:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – Six people, including employees of the Ministry of Finance’s Inland Revenue Department at Walvis Bay, on Thursday appeared in court on charges of fraud.
They are Morne Feris, 21; Henry Enrico Visagie, 36, and his wife Willemina Margarieta Visagie, 36; 44-year-old Jaqueline Imbili; Quinton Sane Mathews, 42; and Marlon Rusayne Pins, 35.
Their arrests took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
They were allegedly involved in a scam that defrauded the ministry of more than N.dollars 2 million between 01 April 2013 and November 2016.
“The main suspect, a female senior taxation officer, is on the run,” Namibian Police Force Detective Chief Inspector at Walvis Bay, Erastus Iikuyu told Nampa on Thursday.
More arrests are expected, as there are reportedly 21 people involved in the scam.
The accused were denied bail due to the seriousness of the case and to allow for police investigations.
They are expected back in court on 10 January 2017.
Court records indicate that employees of the Finance Ministry allegedly defrauded the government agency by creating fake Pay as You Earn (PAYE) certificates in the names of relatives and friends.
The accomplices allegedly processed the certificates resulting in the undeserved tax refund of N.dollars 2 220 781.16.