Fraud case: Taliep to seek bail
THE BELLVILLE Specialised Commercial Crime Court will rule on Tuesday on a bail application brought by a mother of three awaiting sentence for embezzling money from prominent Cape Town auctioneer Julius Buchinsky.
Najwa Taliep, 49, who was 83- year- old Buchinsky’s personal assistant, defrauded the firm of R961 081 over a twoyear period.
She will be sentenced on 631 counts of fraud on January 20.
Taliep was out on a warning, as opposed to bail, until she was found guilty last Friday by magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.
At the time, the court rejected legal aid attorney Hailey Lawrence’s request for the warning to be extended, pending the finalisation of the case.
Sonnenberg said that Taliep had been out on a warning, based on the presumption of innocence until convicted, but that now that she had been found guilty, Taliep could no longer rely on the presumption.
Sonnenberg said: “She admitted that she committed fraud 631 times against an old man of 83.”
This meant that Taliep sometimes committed fraud up to four times a day, she said.
On Thursday, the Taliep family ended the legal aid attorney’s mandate, and engaged private lawyer William Booth. – Sapa