Church bookkeeper accused of stealing R2m

2012-01-18 19:02

Cape Town - The trial of a church bookkeeper accused of stealing more than R2m was postponed in the George Regional Court on Wednesday, Western Cape police said.

Gwendoline Leyd, 45, was warned to appear again on February 28, Captain Bernadine Steyn said.

Leyd faces 10 charges of theft for alleged offences committed between January 2006 and October 2009, when she was employed by a church in York Street in George.

"During this period, money was transferred from the church's account into the suspect's personal bank account, medical expenses were claimed and received, internet payments were made into her personal bank accounts, [and] allowances were claimed and received," Steyn said.

"Extra salary was allegedly received over the period by the suspect, money was paid to her personal insurance, two sunglasses were claimed, [and] fictitious beneficiaries were paid via the internet."

Steyn said Leyd also stood accused of using money paid into her brother's bank account.

The total amount being claimed by the church was about R2.3m.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-18 19:40

    Sad. No conscience. But, she can now apply for a government post.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 19:43

    PRAAAIZZ the LAWD! Were going shawwpeeng!

      Gregory Wells-Clifton - 2012-01-18 19:46

      One effing rich church

  • Sharon - 2012-01-18 19:53

    Where were the controls?? Surely she should have requisitioned the payments which were supposed to be authorised by someone on the church committee?? Did they manage to get through 4 financial year ends without noticing the irregularities? Hells bells I blame the church for allowing this to happen!! Someone was sleeping on the job...

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-18 20:13

      I agree, but it depends on the constitution (or whatever its called) of the particular church. The controls in my previous church were so tight you couldn't get a cent for anything unless you had signed consent from a member of council AND the pastor. Was very secure but a total pain in the bum when you had to do something in a hurry.

      Sharon - 2012-01-18 20:23

      Irritating but effective! I'm sure your church never had a "little" problem like this one.

  • anthony.swart - 2012-01-18 20:15

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  • Tuskal - 2012-02-07 09:54

    Damn, these churches are rich...

  • paullombard17 - 2012-02-07 10:53

    When I first saw the Headline I thought - " aha that must be Rhema and ol Rays millions" but to my huge suprise its a churchie in ol George, 2.3 million Rand over 3 years thats like 80k per month!!!..Crazy to steal from a Church like that but also crazy for not being picked up in the first couple of months!!!

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