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Woman slammed with 15-year-jail term for R3.7 million fraud

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)


GAUTENG – Carmelia Mngomezulu (52) was found guilty on seven hundred and sixty-two (762) counts of fraud when she appeared in the Palmridge Magistrate Court. This comes after she was arrested in Protea Glen, Soweto on 25 November 2020 and later released on R5000 bail.

Mngomezulu worked as a Senior Account Executive for Inyathi Pty (Ltd), a payroll company between 2015 and 2018. Her duties among others were to authorise payments of her employer’s clients, pay the employees’ salaries and also pay for repairs and maintenance. Internal audit was conducted and it was established that Mngomezulu would occasionally transfer the company’s funds into her personal account and those of her family members. The company suffered a financial loss of approximately R3.7 million.

A case docket was registered and handed over to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team based in Johannesburg for further exploration. Subsequent to her arrest she made several court appearances until on 3 May 2023, where she was convicted and sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment.




Colonel Philani Nkwalase

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