gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a secretary at a law firm in Stellenbosch who allegedly siphoned R12m from trust funds has appeared in court with her husband and daughter on fraud and theft charges.  

The Hawks said in a statement:  “It is alleged that Alwena Smith, who worked as a secretary in a well-established attorney’s practice in Stellenbosch, unlawfully transferred trust funds to various accounts between January 2016 and April 2018.  She allegedly amassed over R12m in her alleged illegal dealings from the law firm she worked for, of which half of the funds were recovered and paid back into the trust fund.”  Investigators allegedly linked the bank accounts to Smith’s family.  The case against the trio was postponed to 17 April for further investigation.  They were each released on bail of R3,000, with stringent conditions.


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