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Family up for R29m scam

2010-06-11 08:01

Cape Town - The case of a father and daughter involved in a R29m liquor scam was postponed to December as investigators working on the case were deployed on World Cup duties, a prosecutor said.

The head of the Western Cape Specialised Commercial Crime Unit, Malani Govender,  told the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday that investigators working on the case were not available, hence the long postponement.

Deon Barnard, 53, his daughter Casandra, 26, as well as a former policeman, Christiaan Jacobus van Wyk and another man, Ebrahim Adams, appeared for the second time on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and contraventions of the Customs and Excise Act.

A fifth person involved in the scam was arrested on Thursday and would be charged with them.

Stopped payment on cheques

The group, with Barnard as the main accused, allegedly bought liquor at Macro and Trade Centre and sold it to various liquor outlets. They allegedly used a Standard Bank cheque account to pay for the liquor, but stopped the cheques before payment could be made.

According to court papers Barnard allegedly stopped payment on more than 1 600 cheques.

Investigating officer Marlize van Niekerk said the Barnards and Adams had been involved in the business, Mother City Wines, and Van Wyk was a business associate.

The case was made after a complaint by Standard Bank.

The case has been postponed by Magistrate Vusi Mhlanga to December 10. It was expected to be transferred to the Commercial Crimes Court on completion of the investigation.

Deon Barnard was released on R250 000 bail. His daughter is out on R100 000 bail, while Adams and Van Wyk were released on bail of R50 000 each.