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Master of the High Court fraudsters get six years

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Two accused sentenced in connection with fraudulent claims made at the Kimberley Master of the High Court office.

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TWO ACCUSED were found guilty and sentenced by the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court for fraud and money laundering this week.

The pair – Micheal Magoje; 56, and Fikile Jacobs Makoti, 38 – were on Tuesday sentenced to six years’ direct imprisonment on eleven counts of fraud and four years’ direct imprisonment for money laundering.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Magoje, a former employee at the Master of the High Court in Kimberley, and his accomplice, Makoti, were arrested in July, 2019.

In August 2015, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria received a complaint regarding fraudulent claims made at the Kimberley Master of the High Court office.

It was reported that money was paid into the accused’s account which appeared to be later claimed by the guardians of the beneficiaries.

The department suffered a loss totalling over R850,000.

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team was applauded by the Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major-General Kholekile Galawe, for working tirelessly in securing the convictions.

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