Tebogo Msimanga |
THe Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on 25 August 2021 sentenced Estelle Shereldine Burgess(63) to 15 years in prison for numerous counts of fraud.
It is reported that Burgess in her capacity as creditor’s clerk at Eastern Cape Training Centre (ECT) Gqeberha, during the period between 2004 and 2014 misappropriated funds of the company. Burgess purported that the banking details were that of the creditors however the payments were transferred into various bank accounts of which she was the beneficiary amounting to R13.4 million.
Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said upon discovering some discrepancies and decline in revenue, ECT lodged a complaint with Gqeberha Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for investigation which resulted in her arrest on 29 January 2019.
“Burgess made a series of court appearances which led to her conviction on 24 February 2021 hence her sentencing on 25 August 2021.
The Provincial Head Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya was pleased with the sentencing as it would put across a warning message to the prospective fraudsters out there.