A man charged with R9 million fraud roaming the streets

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Delareyville Magistrates’ Court postponed the case against Reginald Scholtz (57) to 03 May 2023 for the state to submit all the documents related to this matter to his defence attorney, and for the matter to be transferred to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for trial.

He was granted R10 000 bail and the court ordered him to surrender his passport to the investigating officer. He was further instructed to report to his nearest police station every Monday between 06h00 and 18h00. He is facing 61 charges of theft amounting to R 9,1 million. 

North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Henry Mamothame said Scholtz was arrested by SAPS’  Provincial Commercial Crimes Unit on 12 March 2023 after he was charged for allegedly stealing over R9 million from Botselo Mills (Pty) Ltd, where he was employed as the Group Financial Manager.

“According to the Hawks investigations, Scholtz held three bank accounts from three banking institutions and from January 2017 to August 2022, he fraudulently transferred money into these accounts under the pretence of paying service providers, as he had the authority to access the company’s banking systems”.

Mamothame added that Scholtz allegedly created forms requiring authorisation and approval for the release of funds to be paid by the company to service providers. “His fraudulent ways of manipulating the company’s financial system would eventually result in payments into his personal accounts”.

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