West Coast woman arrested for R2.5 million fraud
West Coast police arrested a 59-year-old woman in Laaiplek, for fraud, money laundering, theft, forgery and uttering to the value of R2.5 million, with a combined potential loss of R4.5 million.
The police’s FC van Wyk said an external auditor whose services were requested by the owner of a shipping company to obtain a tax clearance certificate found fraudulent activities on the company’s accounts. He added that further auditing of the company’s books proved to be riddled with irregularities which led the owner to open a criminal case.
‘’According to reports the suspect was employed as a bookkeeper at a shipping company in Laaiplek and was responsible for all creditors and debtors accounts. Between the period of January 2016 and June 2019, she fraudulently transferred money from the complainants business account into her personal bank account and various other family members bank accounts as well as her own business account,’’ said Captain FC Van Wyk.
‘’It is further alleged that she also used the company’s credit cards to purchase personal goods including, but not limited to, overseas trips. She also acquired property and a vehicle which was registered in her own name. The suspect forged and presented documents to convince the owner that the vehicle was registered in the company name,’’ he added.
The suspect is due to appear in the Laaiplek Magistrates court on Monday on the mentioned charges.
Done By: Mitchum George