Judgement in Indo Atlantic cigarettes fraud case set for September

10 Aug 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) - A ruling on the fraud case involving more than N.dollars 2.5 million against two former employees of then Indo Atlantic at Walvis Bay, will be made known to the public in the High Court early next month.
Indo Atlantic is now rebranded as CIC.
High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka, who is presiding over the fraud trial, said on Thursday that he will hand down judgement in the matter on 07 September 2017 at 09h00.
Dawid Martin Bezuidenhout, a former cigarette sales representative for the company, and Venecia Ann Koning, an issuing invoice administrative clerk, are on trial in the High Court on alleged fraud, theft, and theft by false pretences.
Initially, the duo faced 36 counts, but were acquitted on some of the charges after a successful application brought before court.
Bezuidenhout now faces 14 charges of fraud, one count of theft and one of theft by false pretence.
Koning faces 37 charges involving fraud, theft, forgery and theft by false pretence.
The prosecution alleges the two acted with a common purpose between October 2006 and 20 August 2007 at Walvis Bay when they allegedly defrauded Indo Atlantic.
According to the State, Koning allegedly paid cash amounts into accounts of other customers for whom Bezuidenhout had created false invoices for cigarettes that were never delivered.
The State alleges Bezuidenhout delivered 1 000 packets of Benson and Hedges Special Mild cigarettes while small retailer, Trust Market, was invoiced for 3 000 packets.
Furthermore, Bezuidenhout allegedly delivered 6 000 packs of Dunhill King Size and 4 000 Peter Stuyvesant cigarettes to Walvis Bay’s Self Service while the customer was invoiced for 14 000 packs of Peter Stuyvesant and 16 000 packs of Dunhill.
The State also alleges Bezuidnhout stole the excess cigarettes, sold them and pocketed the proceeds.
Bezuidenhoudt allegedly defrauded customers, which included Kuiseb Shop 4 Value, Bargosa Wholesalers, Walvis Bay Self Service, Parade Supermarket, Trust Market, Metro Walvis Bay, Metro Swakopmund, Shoprite U Save, Shoprite/Checkers Walvis Bay, Sentra Portuguese Market, Spar North Rand Henties and Shoprite Swakopmund.
State Advocate Simba Nduna appears for the prosecution.
Lawyers Titus Ipumbu and Boris Isaacks defended the two accused.