Money launderer sentenced to six years

2017-08-31 06:00

Thandile Wilbarforce Salman (33), has been sent to prison for an effective 6 years term by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday the 29th of August 2017 on five counts of fraud and one of money laundering.

It was the state’s case that between the period July 2008 and January 2010 Salman who was employed by the Oudtshoorn Municipality illegally acquired a draft or pro-forma invoices and quotes.

He then produced invoices and quotes which he pretended were issued by legitimate service providers for work done and also requested signed payments thereof.

The municipality lost almost R409 823-13 as a result of the accused’s unlawful actions, the said money was diverted into bank accounts of friends and relatives from which the accused had access.

Salman was arrested during 2012 following investigations by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit and a subsequent probe led to his conviction.

Salman has been sentenced to a total of 9 years of which 3 years is suspended for five years, translating to 6 years direct imprisonment.

The Western Cape Head of the Hawks, Major General Nombuso Khoza welcomed the sentence.

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