A 24-year-old former administrator pleaded guilty to 71 charges of fraud in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Court on Wednesday. This follows after she stole millions of rands as an administrator through illegal transactions.
Anelisa Ngcakani, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape, says the fraud took place while An-nei Stumke worked at the agricultural company, Nuwelande Agri Pty (Ltd), as administrator. She handled payments to creditors and employees of the company.
According to Ngcakani, as part of her work commitments, Stumke compiled the exact details of the payments to be made to the creditors and employees in an electronic document. She also had access to the bank account details of each creditor and employee.
She prepared this electronic document and handed it to the director of the company. The director of the company would then upload the document to the company’s internet banking profile and allow bulk payments.
Ngcakani says Stumke added her personal bank account to the electronic document between 24 June 2016 and 29 January 2019, after which the director unknowingly approved payments to her account. ŉ Total amount of R6,6 million was transferred to her bank account in that period in that way.
The Hawks arrested Stumke on December 23, 2019.
Magistrate Lionel Lindoor found her guilty of fraud on Wednesday after she pleaded guilty.
She is expected to be sentenced in the commercial court on October 30.