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Court cashier pleads guilty to fraud, forgery and money laundering

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A former cashier at the Prieska Magistrate’s Court was sentenced after pleading guilty to six counts of fraud, five counts of forgery, five counts of uttering and 14 counts of money laundering.

A FORMER cashier at the Prieska Magistrate’s Court, who was employed by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, was sentenced by the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, sitting in Upington, on Friday.

Hawks provincial spokesperson Warrant Officer Nomthandazo Mnisi said the accused, Kevin Percy Prins, 48, pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud, five counts of forgery, five counts of uttering and 14 counts of money laundering.

“The accused received payments from persons who were found guilty and were ordered to pay fines by the court between 2014 and 2018. He issued fraudulent receipts with the aim of concealing the money received. The accused further completed claims using false addresses for witnesses who did not attend court and purported to have made payments to them.”

Mnisi explained that the department discovered that fines were not paid and that letters of demand were sent to people who did not pay.

“They then produced proof of payments issued to them by accused, which were found to be fraudulent. The total amount involved is R13,197.80 and R9,790.30 was recovered by the department from his leave gratuity.”

Mnisi added that the accused was sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of R24,000 and a further two years imprisonment, suspended for a period of five years.

“He was further ordered to pay an amount of R3,407.50 which he unduly benefited from through his illegal activities,” she said.

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