Case against fraud suspect postponed

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The case against the 38-year-old Karina Nieuwoudt, who was arrested in Welkom on charges of fraud, theft, uttering and money laundering, has been postponed.

OFM News reports that the suspect is expected to re-appear in the Commercial Crime Court in Kroonstad, in the Free State, on 19 February 2021. This comes after Nieuwoudt’s appearance in the Sasolburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday where she was released on R4000 bail. In a statement, Hawks spokesperson Christopher Singo says the suspect was arrested on Tuesday 9 February 2021 on the mentioned charges.

Singo says in 2019, the complainant appointed an auditor to investigate the financial statements of her business. “It was after this investigation that the auditor uncovered that Karina fraudulently paid an amount of R1.3 million to her own FNB personal bank account from the company’s bank account between 2014 and 2017. The matter was then reported to the police and a case was handed over to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Welkom for further investigation,” he adds.

“At this stage, it is too early to disclose the companies name and other details as the investigation is still ongoing,” Singo tells OFM News. The investigation continues.

OFM News/Blaine Jones