A former Post Office worker, Cole Fortuin, who worked at the Lavis Town Post Office in Bishop Lavis was arrested. The 36-year-old man allegedly created false entries into his work registers insinuating that unclaimed Sassa funds had been collected by a security company and deposited into the Post Office bank account.
On Monday, the man was arrested by investigators for theft, fraud, perjury and forgery at a Post Office in Bishop Lavis, according to Western Cape Police spokesperson, Frederick van Wyk the suspect managed the day-to-day administration at the Post Office and noticed that approved recipients had not collected a total of R200 000 in May. As reported by News24
“It is alleged the suspect made forged entries into these registers, indicating the funds were indeed collected by the security company and deposited into the Post Office bank account, whereas this was not done,” said Van Wyk.
Investigators have also picked up on another similar case, involving R500 000, the case is currently being investigated further.
On Tuesday, 2 August 2022, Cole Fortuin appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court on charges of theft and fraud, where he pleaded guilty. Fortuin’s case is postponed to 29 September 2022.
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