R1m tax-fraud suspect in hospital

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Copy of ca p09_Heide Jasmine1911 CAPE ARGUS Heidi Jasmine Williams, right, and her husband, Daouda Cisse, left, with Larissa Smuts. Photo: Jason Boud

Cape Town - A tax practitioner, in hot water for allegedly breaching her bail conditions, missed her court appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after she was admitted to hospital.

Heidi Jasmine Williams was on bail for allegedly defrauding the SA Revenue Service (Sars) of R1million after inflating the medical claims of clients. She was rearrested on Monday and was back in court for contravening her bail conditions by submitting medical aid claims to Sars on behalf of clients who said they had no medical aid or were not aware of the submissions.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said Williams had been admitted to hospital. “… she was arrested on Monday and appeared in court. We asked the court to instruct that she be kept in the cells for a continuation of our application for her bail to be cancelled.”

She was taken back to the cells, but fell ill on Tuesday night.

On November 22, Williams and her husband, Daudu Cisse, were arrested on charges of tax-related crimes and released on R25 000 bail each. The State alleged that they had submitted tax returns for about 1 700 taxpayers via e-filing. Between October 2012 and February last year, they generated R981 600 from the fees they charged.

The matter was postponed to July 22.

Cape Argus

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