September 27, 2021

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HAWKS ARRESTED CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT FOR FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

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PRETORIA: A chartered accountant Mark Jonathan Vorster aged 43, has been arrested for fraud, theft and money laundering. He was released on a R10 000 bail by the East London Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 in Pretoria. The whole allegations is following related Vorster’s alleged made fraudulent UIF claims for his company and other five companies to receive the Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) funds whereas the companies were fully operational.

He furthermore received more than R884 000 cash from the scheme and the owners of other companies were not aware of the claim. Such discrepancies were discovered by the bank official who also managed to recover half of the money from the accused bank account.

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi recently issued his directive for the new round payment of UIF TERS payments benefits to contributing employees in sectors that have been restricted by the level 4 lockdown. The return of the UIF TERS came with concerns of fraudulent behaviour in the claims process. The Hawks team in Pretoria were informed and the investigation was conducted. A warrant for Mark Jonathan Vorster arrest was issued and well executed by the team. A laptop and cellphone were seized from the accused as part of an ongoing investigation.

The case was postponed to 29 July 2021 in the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crime Court.

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