Two fraudsters get stiff sentences

2017-02-08 06:01

Sheenah Sebesho (32), a former senior provisioning administration clerk at the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, and Onkgopotse Kenridge Mogorosi (40), a representative of a company called Mc Gross, have been found guilty of fraud.

They were each sentenced to a fine of R30 000 or 36 months in prison by the Kimberley Regional Court on Friday, 27 January.

A sentence of R15 000 or 18 months in prison was suspended for five years on condition that they do not commit similar crimes. The two are now each to pay a R15 000 fine in R1 000 installments.

The case dates back to January 2014, when Sebesho had been tasked with securing suppliers to provide a service to the state and three companies had provided their quotations. However, she deviated from that and used three other suppliers of her own choice.

According to Capt. Philani Nkwalase of the Hawks, the project was allocated to Mc Gross, a supplier that later had difficulties in complying with the delivery date.

Mogorosi presented an invoice amounting to R131 997,60, while it was noted that Sebesho certified the invoice as if she had received the goods.

She furthermore misled her supervisor to believe that the goods had been received.

Upon discovery of the fraudulent acts, both Sebesho and Mogorosi were arrested and appeared in court on 30 July 2014, where they were released on bail of R500 each.

The payment process, which had already ensued, was immediately terminated.

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