Local estate administrator's fraud case now ready for trial

19 Sep 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - The case of a local estate administrator who stands accused of fraud and embezzling funds belonging to several orphaned children between 2015 and 2017, is now ready for trial.
The 43-year-old Mervin Kozonguizi made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Thursday, when his fraud case was allocated to Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller for the start of the trial on 14 October 2019.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Titus Mbaeva is representing the accused estate administrator, while State Advocate Ezekiel Iipinge is handling the prosecution's case.
Kozonguizi is free on bail of N.dollars 100 000, which was extended until his next court appearance.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the indictment alleges that Kozonguizi defrauded the Master of the High Court between 2016 and January 2017 by pretending that he was entitled to receive funds from the estate of the late Gustav Tjiuiju.
It is alleged that he received nearly N.dollars 7.1 million from this estate while he was not entitled to the money.
It is further alleged that he also defrauded the Master of the High Court on 05 December 2015 by pretending that he was entitled to N.dollars 2 million from the estate of the late Yolandi Dorothy Beukes.
The accused operates under the name Kozonguizi and Associates and administered deceased estates registered at the Master of the High Court on behalf of beneficiaries.
He was arrested on 15 January 2018 by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
(NAMPA)
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