Fraudster fined R100 000 in tender scandal

2011-10-05 16:35

Johannesburg - Convicted fraudster Ansano Romano was fined R100 000 or in effect three years in prison by the Kimberley Regional Court on Wednesday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

"This was after he entered into a plea and sentence agreement with the prosecution," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.

"Today's proceedings have far-reaching implications for the case and it is clear that the deal was fraudulent from the start."

As part of the agreement, the Cape Town businessman had undertaken to help in further investigations.

Romano and co-accused Donald Miller, who were charged with fraud alongside senior ANC officials, pleaded guilty on Thursday.

The other accused include KwaZulu-Natal legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, the province's Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, former Ithala development finance corporation CEO Sipho Shabalala and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.

The charges against them relate to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to Savoi's company Intaka to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

The State alleges that standard procedures were bypassed to award the tenders, that prices were inflated, and that certain people were paid to influence the tender process.

  • StBad - 2011-10-05 16:47

    How does it work? If someone is convicted of fraud, or theft do they have to repay what they've thieved? Or can they use their dirty money to pay for limp wristed "shame on you's" handed down by the courts.

      RVQ - 2011-10-05 17:06

      Agreed, it should be pay back what you stole + interest

      Forward - 2011-10-05 17:29

      And the senior ANC officials? What about them. Free ride? - 2011-10-05 17:32

      hang all of them including piggy

      Michael - 2012-01-24 02:30

      I think in case of a fraud, where you make a substantial profit, even with a R100 000 fine its still a good business for criminals. That's why I see this is going to continue as long as option to pay fine is remover all together and convicted persons WILL spend 3-10 years in prison.

  • P-JB - 2011-10-05 16:48

    He probably made millions so R100k is a very small price to pay for his freedom. The fine is most likely much less than he would have paid to SARS. Lock these fraudsters up without an option of a fine. This will serve as a deterrent. These guys pay fines without batting an eye. This is not justice.

      DW - 2011-10-05 17:01

      Actually SARS can still go after him. Tax fraud is a totally separate case to tender fraud.

  • TGSA - 2011-10-05 16:55

    "Interesting" that Mr. Romano only has to pay R100,000, wonder how much he stole in the first place? Why does he not have to pay back the full amount he stole? "Friends in high places", me wonders?

  • motsoka - 2011-10-05 16:57

    i guess it works the same as killing someeno with your bare hands and paying R750 000 to be free

      TGSA - 2011-10-05 17:14

      Agree, still also do not understand how THAT 'verdict' came to be but stealing lots and paying a little fine is just wrong!

      Hannes Barnard - 2011-10-05 17:51

      Idiot.. Killing criminals... he should have been paid instead of paying

      gatvol4corru - 2011-10-05 19:41

      think like a pimp comrade

  • motsoka - 2011-10-05 16:59

    i guess it works the same as killing someeno with your bare hands and paying R750 000 to be free

  • motsoka - 2011-10-05 16:59

    i guess it works the same as killing someeno with your bare hands and paying R750 000 to be free

  • Bill - 2011-10-05 17:03

    Frigging balderdash…! This is no deterrent for people that fraudulently steal millions P a t h e t i c ……….!

  • JustinD - 2011-10-05 17:14

    and the ANC officials all got a promotion....

  • Mlu - 2011-10-05 17:20

    What, he should be jailed for 10 years or longer.

  • slick rick - 2011-10-05 17:23

    Being White is Good. You can plea bargain even a Murder Conviction.

      Sharkie - 2011-10-05 17:30

      being black is even better - you never serve you sentence or get brought to book, you simply get special leave with full pay and golden hand shakes, an in rare occasions of prison - a lekker term in the hospital and sick leave.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2011-10-05 18:34

    Pay R100 000 when you have made millions fraudently. something stinks?

  • Concerned - 2011-10-11 20:00

    And John Block!!!

  • John - 2012-01-24 05:05

    Now thats what we call "Pay as you Go" !!! Congrats!

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