Sars guns for Krejcir manager

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Money Point business manager Ivan Savov, accused of fraud and money laundering, appears in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Johannesburg - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's Money Point business manager Ivan Savov has been accused of fraud by Sars, the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court heard on Tuesday.

The SA Revenue Service's allegations are separate from those of fraud and money laundering Savov is already facing with three co-accused.

Prosecutor Richard Chabalala said: “After the matter against (Savov), Sars opened three other dockets of fraud, alleging Savov and his partners in crime defrauded Sars”.

He clarified that the “partners in crime” in the Sars matter were not the same as Savov's co-accused before court.

In the dock with Savov were Naledi Clifford None, Dimakatso Surprise Kunupi, and Voyolwethu Vuyo Koboka, who were Absa bank employees.

Chabalala said a decision on whether the three Sars dockets would be consolidated into the case before the court would likely be made by the end of the week.

He asked Magistrate Jerry Janse van Vuuren to postpone the matter for further investigation. An outstanding statement needed to be taken from a witness, who had been in hospital, on Wednesday.

Saleem Ebrahim, for Savov, argued that consolidation of the Sars dockets into the matter would be premature. As the investigation into the charges already before court began in February last year, Ebrahim argued his client was entitled to a speedy trial.

Savov wore a black open neck shirt and jeans. He and Koboka wore leg irons, as they remained in custody. The matter was postponed to March 6.

Kunupi was fired following an internal disciplinary hearing, while None was suspended. They were arrested on November 20. None and Kunupi were released on R3000 bail each in November.

Savov was denied bail, but subsequently approached the High Court in Johannesburg in a second bid for bail. This was also refused.

Koboka allegedly made unauthorised transfers amounting to R12 million between January 26 and February 2 from an account held by Bloemfontein Correctional Contracts. The money was allegedly transferred to an attorney's account before being moved into Savov's bank account.

In November, Johan Schaefer, representing Kunupi, said his client had done nothing wrong but had been negligent in giving Koboka her access card and passwords needed to authorise certain transactions.

Krejcir's Money Point business in Bedfordview, on the East Rand, made headlines last year after an explosion there killed two people and injured five.

The court heard during Savov's bail application that he was helping police investigating the blast when he was questioned, then arrested.

The charges against him are not related to the explosion.

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