Knockpaal was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment for 147 counts of fraud and five years’ imprisonment for money laundering. She will serve an effective seven years behind bars after the court suspended half of the sentence.
She also forfeited her R153,787 pension from the Rugby Pension Fund. It will be paid into the bank account of the criminal asset recovery account. The court also declared her unfit to possess a firearm.
Carlo, 47, was slapped with a non-custodial three-year sentence which includes house arrest and 16 hours of correctional supervision per month. Carlo will perform cleaning and maintenance duties at the Diepriver police station. In addition, he is compelled to attend rehabilitation programmes and pay for them. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.
“He was also sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for money laundering, wholly suspended for five years provided he is not convicted of fraud, theft and/or an attempt to commit any of these offences,” said Ntabazalila.
“The court was told that detection of the crimes was difficult and resulted in an extensive and laborious investigation. The NPA welcomed the sentence as it came at a time when it was strengthening its fight against such types of crimes.”