A former female accountant (43) of the OR Tambo District Municipality was convicted after appearing in the Umtata High Court yesterday on charges of fraud and laundering money worth R9.8 million.
The accused was investigated by Hawks in 2014 when it was reported that she was laundering R9.8 million from the OR Tambo Municipality Capital Expenditure into business accounts belonging to her husband and sister.
Upon the investigation HAWKS concluded that five people including juristic persons were involved in the matter and were charged for fraud and money laundering.
Appearing in the Umtata High Court yesterday, the accused was found guilty on both charges and is expected to receive a sentencing on 25 March 2021.
The accused’s husband and his business were convicted in 2020 for five years (wholly suspended) and a fine of R50 000.
“The case is still continuing against the accused’s sister and her company and is also remanded to the 25 March 2021,” reports Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.
Eastern Cape Provincial Head of Directorate for Priority of Crime Investigation, Mboiki Obed Ngwenya applauded HAWKS for a job well done.