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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a 45-year-old woman, who worked as a bookkeeper, has been given 13 years behind bars for defrauding her former employer of R4-million.  

Lindy Johanna Sharp was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.  She was employed as a bookkeeper at a Port Elizabeth-based electronics company from 2013 to 2017.  Hawks spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni explained that during her time as an employee there, Sharp changed the banking details of the company's creditors to her own banking details.  She also gave herself a "lucrative" salary and awarded herself a bonus without the permission of the company's director.  The company lost an estimated R4m.  Sharp was arrested by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crimes Unit in November 2017.  This was reportedly not Sharp's only crime.  In 2015, she pleaded guilty to defrauding the SA African Revenue Service (SARS) of R2m.  She was sentenced to eight years in prison for that offence and was serving time when she was sentenced on Friday for the bookkeeping scam.

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