Just days after former Muvhango employee was roped in a fraud case, another one has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the popular SABC2 soapie of almost R2-million.
The soapie has been recently plagued by cases of corruption committed by its employees. The most recent involves a former employee, who at the time of the alleged fraud was a payroll clerk. He handed himself over to the police yesterday and appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg.
According to prosecutor advocate Bongani Chauke, the man in question has been charged with several counts of fraud and theft after he allegedly submitted fake invoices as supporting documents for the payments of actors and their agencies. Thus, the state is accusing the former Muvhango employee, 35, of illegally using the names of actors to defraud Word of Mouth Productions and its owner Duma Ndlovu. Some of the names used in committing the fraudulent act include Marie Ravele, Seipati Motshwane, Matshidiso Vera and Arthur Mbambo.
Apparently, the suspect had access to the production’s money as his job entailed ensuring that actors and their agencies get paid. He was also in charge of capturing of the employees and actors information for shooting purposes, among other things. The charge sheet revealed that the accused has allegedly defrauded the production of up to R1.765198 between February 2012 and August 2017.
“The accused. did create false and/or fake invoices on the payroll system and would submit the said invoices as supporting documents for the payment of actors and/or agencies.
“These invoices were presented with the names of the actors and/or their agencies but the bank account number [belonged to the accused].”
This comes after the soapie’s former production manager was arrested and appeared in court last week for allegedly directing R3-million from its petty cash to his pocket.