The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Pretoria arrested a Northern Cape based couple, Mortimer Wright (62) and Melanie Wright (53) on fraud, forgery and uttering as well as contravention of the Tax Administration Act on the 09th November 2021.
It is alleged that between 2013 and 2016, the couple submitted fraudulent tax invoices to SARS and approximately R700 000 was transferred into their joint bank account.
The investigation team successfully traced the couple at a private hospital in Kathu, Northern Cape where Melanie Wright was practising as a medical doctor.
The couple was apprehended and subsequently charged. On the same day, they appeared in the Kathu Regional Court and warned to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 24 January 2022.