A Durban woman’s efforts to appeal a 10-year jail term has been dealt a blow, reports IoL.

Convicted fraudster Sharitha Hariram was convicted of fraud and theft amounting to over R2.7m in September 2020. According to NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, the KZN High Court (Durban) dismissed the appeal and confirmed the 10-year-imprisonment.

Explaining the case, Ramkisson-Kara said Hariram was granted special authority to represent racehorse owners who were not registered for VAT.

‘This permitted her to register as a VAT vendor and submit a combined VAT return to SARS on behalf of the racehorse owners under her registration,’ Ramkisson-Kara said.

‘During the VAT periods of October 2011 to August 2012 where she submitted to the SARS, she made fraudulent claims for VAT allegedly expended by these racehorse owners to the value of over R2m,’ she said.

In addition, she did not pay two racehorse owners R700 000 which was refunded by SARS.

Hariram was arrested after SARS conducted an intensive investigation.

‘Investigations also revealed that a few racehorse owners mentioned by Hariram did not exist, while others did not incur the VAT expense as claimed by her.’

At the time of her sentencing, the court granted Hariram leave to appeal.

Senior State Advocate Selvan Govender represented the state in both the trial and appeal proceedings.

Full IoL report