Police arrest suspect for defrauding municipality

Corly van Rooyen (41) appeared before the Elliot Magistrate court on Monday for fraud, theft and money laundering to the value of R600 000. This occurred after she was arrested during the same day by the Serious Commercial Crime unit of the Hawks.

Rooyen is the second suspect who has been arrested for this crime. The first suspect, Gabriel Naude (63) was arrested by the same unit on 29 September 2016. These two former employees of the Technical Services Department of the Joe Gqabi municipality, allegedly between the years 2004 and 2010, fraudulently claimed funds from the municipality to the total amount of R600 000. They are also accused of transferring this amount to their personal accounts.

Van Rooyen was granted R3000 bail and their case has been remanded to 29 and 30 June 2017 for trial. While in court, the Sherriff and the Curator served the two accused with a preservation order from the Asset Forfeiture unit to have their assets to the value of R600 000 frozen.

Source: Government of South Africa.

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