The chartered accountant, Mark Jonathan Vorster, 43, appeared briefly in the East London Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to face charges of fraud, theft and money laundering. He was granted R10 000 bail.
Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale said Vorster had allegedly made fraudulent UIF claims for his company and another five companies, in order to receive Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) funds, while the firms were in fact fully operational. He received more than R884 000 in cash from the scheme, while the owners of the other companies on whose behalf he had filed applications, were not aware of the claim.
“Such discrepancies were discovered by the bank official who also managed to recover half of the money from the accused’s bank account,” Mogale said.
“The Hawks team in Pretoria was informed and the investigation was conducted. A warrant for his arrest was issued and well executed by the team,” Mogale said.
Mogale said the Hawks had seized a laptop and a cellphone from the accused as part of the ongoing investigation.
The court case was transferred to the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court and postponed to 29 July 2021.