Millions fraud case underway

2016-06-16 06:00

A FORMER Super Quick manager appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Court this week after being accused of defrauding the business over R2.5 million.

Jonathan Solomon of Marburg is alleged to have misappropriated the funds from the Port Shepstone business between 2011 and 2013. He no longer works there.

He appeared on Monday and the case was postponed for Tuesday as the first witness was not available for the court to proceed.

On Tuesday the first witness, Kevin Somaih, who was assigned by Super Quick to do a forensic investigation for the business testified.

Somaih told the court that during the investigation he discovered irregularities as many transactions from the business account could not be accounted for.

Some of the transactions were directly transferred to Solomon’s account as salary payment but they were more than his normal salary at the time.

Somaih said Solomon as the manager had access to the business accounts.

“The first instance of an irregular amount paid into Solomon’s account was of R33 700 which was paid in two transactions. On 1 June 2012, R16 530 was transferred and on 17 June 2012 another transfer of R17 170 was made,” he said.

Somaih said Solomon transacted another amount as a payment for Malal Cars but no supporting documents were produced to indicate why the money was paid into this account.

He said when looking at all statements for that month, amounts did not add up.

Somaih said after calculations it was concluded that R672 234.68 was short banked and Solomon admitted that he had taken some money he was sorry about it and would find a way of paying it back.

“After a few documents were requested from the business accountant. It showed that another R140 800.16 was short banked allegedly for SARS but the money was not paid to SARS and they could not verify to whom the payment was made to,” continued Soamaih.

It was further revealed that Solomon apologised for the transactions but would not say how much he had taken in total or what he had done with the money.

Solomon is out on bail. The case was postponed, however the date of his next appearance could not be established at the time of going to press.

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