Bookkeeper R6.8m fraud sentencing resumes

2014-07-25 06:06


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Cape Town - Pre-sentencing proceedings of a bookkeeper convicted on 402 counts of fraud are expected to resume in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Friday.

Bookkeeper Leonora Elizabeth Bruyns pleaded guilty to fraud involving R6.8m.

Pre-sentencing was delayed at her last appearance on 25 June due to her lawyer suffering a knee injury.

According to the charge sheet, Bruyns was appointed bookkeeper in March 2002, for the company Pine Convenience (Pty) Ltd, which owned two Kwikspar supermarkets and one Mugg & Bean restaurant.

She created fictitious beneficiaries on the company bank accounts, such as the SA Revenue Service, the Orion Provident Fund, a staff loan, and the Gidani Lotto, and then diverted money intended for the beneficiaries into her own bank accounts.

Bruyns was caught out in November 2012 when FNB's commercial division reported to company director Michael Flower fraudulent transfers from the company accounts into hers.

According to the charge sheet, she used the money to pay accounts and for general expenses.

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