John Bantam was convicted on Tuesday of 121 counts of fraud by the Bellville Regional Court.
According to the charge sheet, Bantam submitted income tax returns where he claimed the taxpayers had businesses and those businesses had losses to claim from SA Revenue Services (Sars).
The tax return claims resulted in tax refunds of R690 455.75 to the 28 taxpayers. For his work Bantam received a 10% fee on each refund the taxpayers received, paid to his wife’s account.
The tax returns date back to 2003 and were submitted from the year 2009 via eFiling, an online tax return system.