A man whose bank account received 4.7 million rand from unemployment insurance fund Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) funds intended for his employer in 2020 was found guilty of theft on Thursday .
The Pretoria Specialized Economic Crimes Court found Moreroa Moses Leso, 64, guilty of theft of more than R99,000.
At the time of the incident in 2020, Leso was from Hammanskraal employed by his company as a bus driver. The company had applied for Ters funds on behalf of 1,400 employees during the tough lockdown.
However, R4.7 million was mistakenly deposited into Leso’s Capitec account instead of the company’s standard bank account, it said the spokesman for the National Prosecutor’s Office said Lumka Mahanjana.
Immediately after receiving the money, Leso transferred R4m to his daughter’s bank account for safekeeping and kept the rest for his personal use.
After a Company’s inquiry as to why it did not receive payment from the Department of Employment and Labor and e Employment found that the money was deposited into Leso’s personal account.
Leso subsequently paid R4.6 million to the department return. He was arrested and released on bail on August 31, 2020.
< p>In court, Leso said he used some of the money to pay his debts and buy groceries. The matter has been postponed to next Tuesday for sentencing.