The man who defrauded SARS of more than R250 million found guilty

The Western Cape High Court today found Johan van Staden guilty of masterminding the biggest fraud in the Western Cape.

Van Staden defrauded SARS of more than 250 million rand between 2005 and 2008 and was found guilty on more than 40 counts out of 192, ranging from racketeering, fraud, forgery and reckless trading.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, Ilze-Marie le Roux, Eye Witness News reporter says that the state called on 40 witnesses since the trial started in March this year.

According to le Roux, van Staden conducted a phishing business in which he submitted invoices to SARS for Vat payouts, and collectedmillions.

Le Roux says van Staden lived a life of luxury. He bought a plane, a farm, luxury houses and travelled on holidays overseas.

Van Staden is expected appear again in the Western Cape High Court to apply for bail tomorrow morning.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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