Former Nelson Mandela Bay administrator pleads guilty to 451 counts of fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality clerk, Stephanie Reeners (48), on Tuesday pleaded guilty at the Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to 448 counts of fraud and forgery which amount to just over R640 000.

Reeners further pleaded guilty to another three counts of forgery. She committed these crimes between February 2012 and November 2017.

Eastern Cape NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said during her tenure as an administration clerk at the municipality’s Central Information Centre (CIC), she volunteered to perform some of the duties of the CIC Assistant which included the submission of building plans to the Building Inspectorate Division of the municipality.

“Reeners pleaded guilty to receiving payments directly from clients. She further pleaded guilty to attaching fictitious payment receipts to the tax invoices and in so doing gave the impression to the Building Inspectorate that the cashiers at the Treasury division had received the payments. She never handed over the money to the Treasury division but instead took it for personal use.”said Ngcakani.

 Reeneers used the information on her supervisor’s salary advice to create three false salary advices which she created under her name. The court accepted the guilty plea and found her guilty on 224 counts of fraud and 227 counts of forgery. The case was postponed to 04 May 2021 for sentencing.

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