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Massive tax fraud case takes new twist … as accused finally opt to plead guilty

by Kelvin Chiringa

After a massive tax fraud case running into amounts of N$210.6 million spilt into the Windhoek High Court lining 17 people’s heads on the chopping block, three of these have at long last notified court that they intend to plead guilty of their transgressions.

The case has netted in 15 Angolans with two Namibians and they all made a court appearance in the Windhoek High Court yesterday.

Accused persons Paquete Americo Kapayola Jose, Malakias Tomas Rufine and Paulo Kiala have notified of their intentions to plead guilty as advised by their legal representatives.

The remainder have had their case postponed to the 1st of August for a trial hearing before Judge President Petrus Damaseb.

Kiala and six others have been remanded in custody at the trial awaiting section of the Windhoek Correctional facility and eight got their bail extended.

Meanwhile, the 17 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 Angolans 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.