Cape Town fraud woman jailed

By Drum Digital
11 March 2013

A Cape Town woman who confessed to defrauding her employer of over R1 million will spend the next 10 months in jail, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that Atlantis resident Julie Ann de Vigno, 51, had used to the money to buy doll house paraphernalia in June 2010.

She was working in the finance department of a Milnerton cleaning company at the time.

The Cape Town Regional Court sentenced her to five years in prison, in terms of a particular section of the Criminal Procedure Act which provides she spend only a portion of the sentence behind bars.

If she was a model prisoner, she could be released and the remainder of her sentence converted to correctional supervision.

Magistrate Jan van Zyl reportedly said she would have spent the next 10 years in jail had there not been mitigating factors.

She had repaid more than half of the money after selling her house and had suffered from depression.

De Vigno also pleaded guilty to 93 counts of fraud last month and was remorseful.

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