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ATTORNEY SENTENCED FOR THEFT OF TRUST FUNDS ABALONE POSSESSION: EASTERN CAPE
2021/09/27      |  Written By:  Captain Y Mgolodela   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EASTERN CAPE – Sonwabo Archibald Hermanus (55) was sentenced by the Mthatha Serious Commercial Specialised Crime Court on Wednesday for charges of theft of trust funds.

Hermanus was given two years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years provided that he does not commit the same offence during the suspension period. Furthermore he was ordered to pay back R1,425,000,00 to Fidelity Fund  over a period of 5 years.

In 2013, Hermanus claimed an amount of R1.425 million from Road Accident Fund on behalf of different clients. The money was deposited into the Trust Account of Hermanus. Hermanus did not pay the clients the full amount which was due to them.

Claimants lodged the complaint with Mthatha Serious Commercial Crime  Investigation team in June 2017 which culminated in Hermanus’ arrest on 11 May 2018 and made a short appearance at Mthatha Magistrates' Court where he was released on warning the very same day. After a series of court appearances Hermanus was ultimately sentenced on 22 September 2021.