The East London Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks received a thumbs up from the Provincial Head Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya for a hefty sentence imposed upon Magaretha Voogt (45) on 24 June 2021 for charges of Road Accident Fund (RAF) fraud and money laundering.
It is reported that Voogt, a personal assistant of the auditing firm Moore Stephen’s, orchestrated fraudulent claims from the investment company PSG in the year 2017. The funds were put on the investment company in respect of eleven (11) RAF pay-outs for accident victims.
The Hawks investigation revealed that Voogt submitted fraudulent claims purporting that the claims were from the rightful beneficiaries. The investment company PSG deposited approximately R11.5 million claims directly into her personal bank account following the approval by the Makhanda High Court.
On getting complaints from the beneficiaries, Moore Stephen’s reported the matter to Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks in East London for probing which culminated in her arrest in 2019. She was subsequently released on R10 000 bail.
After a series of court appearances she was handed a hefty sentence of 15 years direct imprisonment by the East London Regional Court on Thursday, 24 June 2021.