Court clerk held for 178 counts of fraud

A Pietermaritzburg court clerk was arrested after being linked to 178 counts of theft and fraud, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Inspector Joey Jeevan said a special task team arrested the 38-year-old woman at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, after months of intensive investigations.

“This was after police received information relating to fraudulent activities and theft at the court,” Jeevan said.

“It is alleged that the clerk would receive payment for deferred fines and admission of guilt fines, and thereafter issue several fraudulent copies of receipts.”

Police said they were investigating 178 counts of fraud against the clerk, since January this year—totalling nearly R180 000.

The woman is expected to appear at the same court soon. - Sapa