EASTERN CAPE:- The Gqeberha based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks secured the conviction of Fabiani Ali (47) on numerous counts of tax fraud when he appeared in the Gqeberha Regional court on 23 February 2022.

During the period between 2013 and 2020,Fabiani Ali on numerous occasions furnished the South African Revenue Services (SARS) with fraudulent information on his Value Added Tax (VAT) 201 returns and on numerous occasions failed to submit IT14 Tax returns and ITR 14 Tax returns for several years. Invoices submitted to SARS were also said to be forged.

The matter was reported to the Hawks for probing which led to his first court appearance on the 10 February 2021, where he was released on a warning. Prior to his court appearance, Ali was on the 20 January 2021 served with summons.

Hawks investigations revealed that Ali prejudiced SARS cash to the value of more than R1.5 million. After a number of court appearances he was ultimately convicted. His sentencing is scheduled for the 23 April 2022.