School’s financial officer in court over millions of fraud

Henry

A 52-year-old financial officer from Delmas Primary School appeared before the Delmas Magistrate’s Court on Monday after allegedly robbing the school of almost R3 million.

She was arrested on Friday by the Hawks’ investigation team for serious commercial crime in collaboration with an officer from the management information center for fraud and is now behind bars.

Capt. Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, spokeswoman for the Falcons, says it is alleged that the suspect was appointed financial officer by Delmas Primary School during December 2021.

“Her duties and responsibilities were to make payments for services rendered, to pay salaries to teachers appointed by the governing body, to receive cash for sales made at the school, to manage the school budget, and to ensure that expenses do not exceed the budget.”

However, Sekgotodi says the complainant received information on 25 October last year that the suspect had paid herself two bonuses, after which an investigation was launched.

“During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect paid herself R11 237 on March 6 last year, which was approved. However, on 20 October she paid herself another bonus of R22 543 which was not approved.

“After further investigations, it was discovered that an amount of almost R3 million was paid out from the school’s bank account to four Capitec bank accounts – all of which belong to the suspect.”

Sekgotodi says one bank account received more than one payment with different references.

“She used the name of account holders known to the school to transfer funds to her personal bank accounts.”

The investigation was concluded, after which a warrant for arrest was authorized.