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Absa employee guilty on 359 fraud counts

An Absa employee was found guilty on 359 charges of fraud after he transferred money from a client’s account to his brother’s.

Moses Moroe was a sales consultant for the bank at its Loch Logan branch in the Free State. He was sentenced in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to eight years imprisonment‚ suspended for five years‚ provided that he pays back the money before July 2018.

Hawks spokesperson S’fiso Nyakane said the 34-year-old had defrauded the bank of R366‚000 over two years.

“A protracted investigation by the Hawks revealed that between 2014 and 2016‚ he unlawfully transferred money from client’s accounts without their knowledge to his brother’s account. The money was then withdrawn by the accused for personal gain. As a result‚ Absa bank was prejudiced and suffered a total loss of R366‚000.00‚” Nyakane said.

Moroe was dismissed from his job last October after the bank initiated a departmental trial.

“He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition that the outstanding amount of R167 912.00‚ be refunded to the Bank on or before 2 July 2018‚” Nyakane said.

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