Johannesburg - A former North West University senior financial officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing more than R17 million in student loans.
The North West High Court in Mmabatho sentenced Bradley Freeman and his mother Judick Freeman on Tuesday. Freeman’s mother was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.
Freeman transferred the money from Edu Loan to his mother between 2012 and 2015. The university reported the matter to police on June 5, 2015.
Following an investigation, Freeman, 30, was fired on June, 26, 2016, NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs said.
He was arrested with his mother and another suspect whose case was later withdrawn.
The Hawks found Freeman had stolen R17.7 million.
Freeman and his mother had more than R11 million in two different accounts between them. Police seized a Mercedes-Benz ML, BMW M3, Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger, and Volkswagen City Golf.
Provincial head of the Hawks, Major General Linda Mbana, welcomed the judgment.