Two FS court workers accused of fraud and money laundering

Two former court officials were apprehended by the Hawks special squad allegedly for having committed an illegal transferring of the government money from the official accounts into their own. They were arrested on Monday in the Free State, the Hawks spokesperson WO Lynda Steyn confirmed.

The two, Marotholi Yvonne Modiehi, 36, and Motaung Adeline Nthabiseng, 40, allegedly defrauded the justice and constitutional development department by transferring money into their own bank accounts while working at the Bethlehem magistrates’ court from April 2018 to January this year.

A total damage caused by the actions of the pair is still unknown but, according to a preliminary audit, there is a R180, 700 shortage.

“The funds included maintenance money, admission of guilt fines, bail, court fines, and fines collected on behalf of other government institutions,” Steyn claimed.

Yesterday, the frauds were released on R5, 000 bail each after they had appeared in court on charges of fraud, theft, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

The trial has been postponed until August 19.

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