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Former Magistrate appears in court for R5 million fraud

Jun 7, 2018
Former Magistrate appears in court for R5 million fraud

Former Magistrate, Magrieta Stoffelina Maria Botha briefly appeared at the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday facing alleged fraud charges amounting to approximately R5 million.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, the 55-year-old was arrested by members of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation on 25 May 2017 following a probe, which uncovered factitious garnishing orders which she allegedly authorised from various Magistrate’s offices which amongst others include Nelspruit, Barberton, Malelane, Kabokweni and Tonga.

"The accused allegedly ran her own attorney firm after resigning as a Magistrate and collected debts on behalf of a micro-loan business, she reportedly prepared the administration papers and various court orders furthermore she apparently forged signatures of clients of the said cash-loan company resulting in the payments unduly accumulating in her account," she said.

"Botha was released on a warning with strict conditions on charges of fraud, corruption, forgery and uttering and she is expected back in court on 2 July 2018."