- A courier company manager, Grant Moore, has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years, on condition he does not get convicted of the same offence.
- The Hawks revealed Moore pocketed payments from clients instead of depositing it into the company's business account.
- The East London Magistrate's Court ordered him to repay more than R74 000 to the company's owners.
A small courier and pest control company manager has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment for stealing from his bosses.
Grant Moore, 46, was also ordered to pay back the more than R74 000 he stole from the company.
The East London Magistrate's Court wholly suspended the sentence for five years on condition Moore does not get convicted of the same offence during the suspension period.
In a statement, the Hawks said they arrested the former manager at JKJ Couriers and Pest Control Specialists on 22 September on charges of theft and he was sentenced last Wednesday.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the Serious Commercial Crimes Unit began the investigation after the company's owners reported the theft in August 2015 when they grew suspicious over a decline in revenue.
Since 2010, Moore was the only manager responsible for the final receipting and banking of all funds for the company.
The Hawks investigation revealed he had been pocketing payments from clients instead of depositing them into the company's bank account.
Moore was also responsible for the general running of the business, which had monthly contracts with other services, including cleaning or replacing materials at the premises.
Mgolodela said: "Moore [received] various cash payments for goods sold and services rendered and had failed to deposit the cash received into the business account.
"Moore would either receive the cash personally or from his staff members that rendered the services on behalf of the business but never deposited the money into the bank but instead used it for self gain."
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