Estranged Port Elizabeth couple jailed for R16 million fraud

JULY 9, 2015

An estranged couple from Port Elizabeth were on Wednesday handed lengthy jail terms by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court after they were convicted of theft, fraud and money laundering involving just over R16 million.

It is believed that between May 2010 and September 2012, Danielle Norman, in her capacity as a Manager at SA Express Line, transferred funds into a bank account of ex- lover, Jason Hendricks.

Norman is also accused of submitting false invoices to the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

In his ruling, Magistrate Louis Claasen, Norman, who is a mother of two, to an effective 15 years imprisonment.

The Magistrate dismissed her claim of remorse as Norman had refused to explain where about R6 million went.

Her ex-lover, Hendricks, was sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Claasen found that Hendricks had been a willing participant in the fraud. Hendricks had claimed that he believed the money to be from donors.

However, the Magistrate failed to understand how Hendricks could spend R5 million of the "donor money" within just three months.

Claasen also dismissed both their applications for leave to appeal their sentences.