Sib­lings face 1 150 charges

Book­keeper steals R11, 5 mil­lion from Transco over a pe­riod of six years

The Lowvelder - - Front Page - Brid­get Mpande

MBOMBELA - Four peo­ple ap­peared in the Nel­pruit Mag­is­trate’s Court last week for their al­leged in­volve­ment in theft and fraud amount­ing to R11,5 mil­lion, for which a Nel­spruit book­keeper was ar­rested in 2016.

Lucy An­drea du Preez (50), John Avent (53), Piet Al­ber­tus Mein­tjies (36) and Maria An­toinette le Roux (49) ap­peared in court on Fri­day for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing stolen money into their per­sonal bank ac­counts.

They were re­leased on bail of R3 000 each.

Carol Ann Avent (46), who was em­ployed at Transco CC in Nel­spruit, was ar­rested in 2016 and charged with 1 150 counts of fraud. She was founded guilty on all charges af­ter she en­tered a guilty plea, but has not been sen­tenced yet.

She was re­leased on bail of R5 000.

“The other four sus­pects were charged last Fri­day for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing the stolen money into their per­sonal bank ac­counts,” said Hawks spokesman, Cap­tain Dineo Lucy Sek­go­todi.

“Af­ter the main sus­pect was ar­rested, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bank state­ments of the four ac­cused showed that they re­ceived the money,” she ex­plained.

She said they were ar­rested by mem­bers of the Mpumalanga Se­ri­ous Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on Thurs­day.

Sek­go­todi said the case was post­poned to Novem­ber 5, when they will be joined in the dock by Carol Ann Avent.

“We are also ex­pect­ing to add an­other sus­pect, who also al­legedly re­ceived stolen money,” she said.

Sek­go­todi said the co-ac­cused are re­lated to the main ac­cused. “They are broth­ers and sis­ters.

When Carol Ann Avent (46) was em­ployed as a book­keeper at Transco CC, she al­legedly cre­ated false ben­e­fi­cia­ries and paid money from the com­pany ac­count into the dif­fer­ent ac­counts of her fam­ily mem­bers be­tween 2010 and 2016 to the amount of R11,5 mil­lion,” said Sek­go­todi.

Sek­go­todi said the ar­rest fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a com­plaint was re­ported to the po­lice.

“Carol ap­peared in the Nel­spruit Re­gional Court for the sub­mis­sion of a con­fis­cat­ing or­der by the ad­vo­cate and the case was post­poned to Novem­ber 5 for a spe­cialised pros­e­cu­tor. Transco CC did not want to com­ment on the mat­ter.

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