32-year-old municipal accountant allegedly busted for embezzling millions

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The Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team has served a Western Cape municipal accountant with a summons on charges related to money laundering and fraud, reports IOL.

The suspect worked for the Bergrivier Municipality, which governs Piketberg, Velddrif and Porterville and surrounding rural areas and villages.

According to a statement made by the Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani, the suspect allegedly took money at least 10 times between May 2019 and August 2019. The money was allegedly transferred into the suspect’s personal bank account as well as their acquaintance, reported the publication.

Hani then went on to say, “The suspect had access to the municipality online banking profile and he was the only person who knew the access code and passwords. During the said period the suspect swindled the municipality of an amount of over R4 million.”

The suspect will appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 9 December, said Hani.