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Former Government Employee Sentenced For Fraud, Theft, And Money Laundering

The sentence imposed on Khoza includes ten years of imprisonment, which is wholly suspended for five years, on the condition that she is not convicted of fraud during the suspension period.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Gerber, has welcomed the sentence imposed on a former government employee, emphasizing that this conviction sends a clear message and helps restore public confidence.

Major General Gerber commended the multidisciplinary team approach used during the investigation, stating that sentences like this serve as a warning to potential offenders.

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Nomthandazo Delsie Khoza, aged 37, was found guilty and sentenced by the Nelspruit Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday, 11 December 2023. Khoza, who worked as an accounting clerk at the Department of Education in Bushbuckridge, Bohlabela Region, was responsible for processing payments to ex-employees and deceased beneficiaries. However, it was discovered that she colluded with a colleague to create fraudulent beneficiaries and redirected funds to their personal bank accounts.

The total amount stolen from beneficiaries amounted to R3,010,475.44 between May 2019 and November 2020. After a thorough investigation, Khoza was arrested by the Hawks’ Nelspruit-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation. She was released on bail and appeared in court multiple times until her sentencing.

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The sentence imposed on Khoza includes ten years of imprisonment, which is wholly suspended for five years, on the condition that she is not convicted of fraud during the suspension period.

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Additionally, she was sentenced to 36 months of correctional supervision, with house arrest for the full duration. For the charge of money laundering, Khoza received a six-year suspended sentence on the condition that she compensates the victim in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act.

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In order to ensure compensation, Khoza has been ordered to pay the Department of Education R3,000 per month starting from 01 February 2024 until the full amount of R180,000.00 is repaid. Furthermore, the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has directed the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) to deposit Khoza’s pension benefits into the Civil Asset Recovery Account.

This case serves as a reminder of the commitment of law enforcement agencies to combat fraud and corruption, and the importance of maintaining the public’s trust in government institutions.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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