Information from the South African Police Service (SAPA) has it that Hawk’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation has launched a manhunt for Sonja Joubert, the woman pictured above.
SAPS related that the woman has been implicated in a fraud and corruption case involving former top racehorse owner and former Trudon IT Manager, Adriaan Van Vuuren who defrauded Telkom subsidiary Trudon of R500 million.
“It is alleged that between 2007 and 2016, Van Vuuren fraudulently created invoices to pay a supplier for IT services required by Trudon on behalf of Telkom.
“Trudon transferred funds into Bites Bee Holding and The Corporate Choice’s account owned by his accomplice, Sonja Joubert who also benefited from the alleged fraud,” SAPS narrated.
Adding that it have been severally reported that the woman, Sonja Joubert have fled to New Zealand, SAPS begged anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the investigation officers, Warrant Officer Jonathan Makhado on 071 481 3603 and Lieutenant Colonel Mandla Mbatha on 082 781 3207.
Meanwhile, a businessman in Western Cape has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for defrauding ABSA Bank.
From our gatherings, Ockert Johannes Stephanus Fourie, (57) defrauding ABSA Bank of almost R5-million. It was the Oudtshoorn Magistrate’s Court that pronounced his imprisonment.
SAPS confirmed that Fourie, a sole director of Close Corporation, Sunprix Grape and Citrus Distribution, defrauded the bank of approximately R4 866 819,98.
“This occurred after he had successfully transacted with the bank on previous occasions thereby gaining the bank’s trust resulting in the said transaction being approved without the requisite proof.
“The money was paid into his account with the understanding that he was due to receive about 597 535 Euros from overseas corporations he had allegedly exported fruits to.
“He then used the said amount and the bank never received the promised foreign currency. Fourie subsequently switched his business account to a different bank,” SAPS disclosed.
Fourie was arrested after Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit commenced investigations.