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Former Springbok hotel manager in court for fraud

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It is alleged that the accused failed to pay out money to the employees and used it for his own personal gain.

A FORMER manager of Country Hotels in Springbok, Andre Vermeulen, 49, was granted bail of R10,000 in the Springbok Magistrate’s Court after he was arrested on charges of fraud.

Hawks Northern Cape provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said Vermeulen was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Strandfontein in the Western Cape on Tuesday, August 10.

“It is alleged that during May 2019 the accused submitted claims for payment of salaries on behalf of employees. He failed to pay out all the money to the employees and allegedly used it for his own personal gain,” said Mnisi.

“Upon further probing, the team discovered that the money was deposited into the accused’s personal bank account. The Country Hotel suffered a loss amounting to R575,000 in the process.”

She added that Vermeulen appeared in the Springbok Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where he was released on R10,000 bail.

“The matter was postponed until November 24.”

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