Two in finance ministry fraud case to plead guilty

01 Aug 2018 15:30pm

Two of the 16 accused in the finance ministry massive fraud case, Eugenio Pio Do Amaral Gourgel and Paulino Manuel Natal, are expected to plead guilty on fraud charges in the Windhoek High Court.

The suspects were nabbed by the Anti-Corruption Commission while it is the state’s case that the two Namibians, Mamsy Mweneni Hilma Nuuyoma and Joshua Kaviyu Hidinwa, schemed with the Angolan nationals to submit false tax refund claims to the receiver of tax.

These claims had falsified information of alleged transactions made around goods said to have been bought in the country and shipped to other countries which meant that the buyers were liable to a VAT refund paid on the said goods. 

The prosecution’s indictment reads that many of the accused were involved in the use of forged tax invoices, VAT claim forms and customs documentation to claim VAT refunds from the Ministry of Finance via a company named Aveshe Consultancy, which handles VAT refund claims on behalf of the ministry.

Their case has been postponed to 16th August as the state awaits a new case number for rest of the 14 accused in the matter.

The presiding judge in the matter is Boas Usiku while public prosecutor Henry Muhongo represented the state.