Prison jobs fraudster ends up behind bars

2008-06-06 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG woman Busisiwe Manyoni (38), who defrauded 46 people of between R1 000 and R12 000 each, telling them that she would get them jobs as prison warders, was jailed for an effective five years yesterday.

In a plea agreement, she admitted she had defrauded her victims of a total R172 700 between May 2003 and July 2004.

She admitted to regional magistrate Paul Abelman that she had lied to her victims that she had been authorised by the Correctional Services Department to recruit warders. She promised to get them warder jobs against payment. They never got jobs.

Senior prosecutor Morris Alexander said aggravating factors were that the incidence of such offences is increasing, the offences were committed over a period, Manyoni planned the offences and she has a previous conviction for 35 counts of fraud committed in April 2003, for which she was sentenced to six years’ jail wholly suspended for five years.

Her attorney, Jennifer Anthoo, said mitigating factors were that Manyoni pleaded guilty, sparing the state the expense and inconvenience of a protracted trial, that it would have been difficult to bring witnesses to court, that she has been in custody for 32 months and that she has genuinely expressed remorse.

Abelman sentenced her to 10 years’ jail, five suspended.

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