10 years for 1 460 counts of fraud

2013-04-10 12:00
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Johannesburg - A woman has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, after pleading guilty to 1 460 counts of fraud in the Durban Commercial Crime Court, it was reported on Wednesday.

Sarka van der Merwe admitted on Tuesday to defrauding at least R12m from Peter Odgers' company where she was a bookkeeper, wrote the Star.

"A probe by forensic auditor Ekhard Volker revealed that between 2006 and 2010, she had transferred more than R10m into her own accounts and spent over R1m on gambling," quoted the paper.

Van der Merwe and Odgers were romantically involved.

"I once owned two dozen properties, I now own none. She ruined my life at the wrong time... Nobody will give me a job and I have no credibility with the banks," Odgers was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Van der Merwe did not show remorse and did not make an application for leave to appeal.

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