An Eastern Cape sheriff has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing nearly R1 million from an escrow account.
Pumla Ningiza, 60, was sentenced Thursday at the Mthatha Special Court for White Collar Crimes . Hawks spokeswoman Capt Yolisa Mgolodela said she committed the crimes between November 2015 and May 2018.
“Ningiza, since the sheriff was instructed by lawyers and banks to be responsible for the sale of properties at auction his and the money in the sheriff’s account and keep the money until the right time to pay it to the deserving beneficiaries,” Mgolodela said.
Instead, Ningiza put the money in a series of property auctions and was reported to the SA Board of Sheriffs by beneficiaries who lost a total of R995,000.
The matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Economic Crimes Investigation Team in Mthatha and Ningiza was arrested in December 2020.< /p>< p>She was sentenced to pay a fine of R100,000 or serve an eight-year prison term. “Furthermore, she was sentenced to five years in prison, which has been suspended in full provided she does not commit the same offenses during the period of suspension,” Mgolodela said.
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