Fraud case: Taliep to seek bail

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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

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