Tax fraud case dropped against former beggar-in-chief

THE reputation of a former Herald Christmas Cheer beggar-in-chief was restored yesterday when the fraud case against him was set aside in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court.

Rodney Gibson, 67, of Humewood, was accused of cooking the books of Ratu Business Trust to create "ghost" employees.

The "employees" names were then registered on the SARS system, effectively reducing Ratu's taxable income. The matter dragged on for several months before the state eventually conceded yesterday that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Gibson. - Kathryn Kimberley

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