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2021/05/05      |  Written By:  Captain Y Mgolodela   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EASTERN CAPE - Siphumeze Mvambo (34) was sentenced by the Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 for charges of fraud alternatively theft.

It is reported that during the period between 01 January 2016 and 02 June 2016, Mvambo was employed at Spargs Super Spar Mthatha as a supervisor. Her main duties were to collect cash from cashiers, deposit into a drop safe of the business, collect petty cash and administer stock returns.

The employer knowing the potential of the business became suspicious when he saw the decline in business profit. He blamed both the cashiers and the supervisor in this regard.

The Mthatha Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team after being entrusted with the investigation on the matter discovered that the culprit was the supervisor. It was revealed that she created fictitious stock return invoices, deposited incorrect figures in the drop safe, deposited insufficient funds into the business account hence the decline in profits. She enriched herself by siphoning cash from the employer prejudicing the employer cash to the value of more than R47 700.

She was arrested on 09 September 2020 and appeared in Mthatha Magistrate Court where she was released on a warning.

The conviction and sentencing on 04 May 2021 emanates from a series of appearances at Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court. Mvambo got sentenced to six (6) years direct imprisonment with two (2) years suspended sentence for fraud alternatively theft on condition that she is not convicted of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

Mvambo's co-accused Fikile Phofana (28) is still on trial and will be finalised on 7 May 2021 as he decided not to plead guilty.

The Provincial Head Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya once more gave a pat on the shoulder to the dedicated team.