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Botselo Mills accountant charged for fraud

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By Thys Khiba – A matter against former Botselo Mills (Pty) Ltd accountant Jan Jacobus Van Niekerk has been transferred to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court by the Delareyville Magistrates’ Court. The case against Van Niekerk has been adjourned to 19 July 2023.

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The North West spokesperson for the NPA, Henry Mamothameindicated that Van Niekerk, in the company of his legal representative, handed himself over to the SAPS’ Provincial Commercial Crimes Unit, on 30 May 2023. He was subsequently charged with fraud and money laundering amounting to over R10 million.

The 38-year-old man has been granted R12 000 bail and is expected to report to his nearest police station once a week between 06h00 and 18h00.

He is facing 337 charges of fraud and 20 of money laundering.

The North West spokesperson for SAPS, Brigadier SabataMokgwabone indicated that investigations reveal that Van Niekerk was employed by Botselo Mills (Pty) Ltd as an accountant, authorised to transact on the company’s accounts.

It is alleged that between January 2017 and July 2022, Van Niekerk submitted forms fraudulently requiring approval for payment to be made into the accounts of service providers, for a service that was not rendered.

It was further discovered that in the forms, he provided the names of the service providers that are in the company database, but fraudulently replaced their banking account numbers into his six personal banking accounts that he holds with two major banks.

It was further discovered that he allegedly had working relationships with some of the companies he submitted for payment.

Mamothame confirmed that investigations into the matter are completed, and the state is ready to proceed with pre-trial conferencing in the next court sitting.



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