Court administrator charged for fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 47-year-old Audeen Michell Ditshego employed at Standerton Magistrate court as an administration clerk, appeared before the same court on Friday. This follows her arrest on Thursday,  03 June 2021. She was arrested by the Hawks in Mpumalanga for alleged corruption.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said it is alleged that on 05 May 2021,  Ditshego allegedly called the complainant telling him that he is owing money for maintenance and the court issued an order for his bank account to be frozen.

“She further told him that in order for them to assist him, he should deposit twenty five thousand rand (R25 000) into a bank account belonging to the second suspect. The complainant complied and deposited the money as demanded.”

Sekgotodi added that few days later, they phoned him again and told him that they want to assist him to end the case by stealing the file then hand it over to him if he can pay them ten thousand rand. “The complainant reported the matter to the Hawks` who initiated an investigation and an undercover operation was conducted.” 

Ditshego was released on R500 bail and the case was postponed to 1 July 2021. A warrant of arrest was issued for the second suspect.

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