WESTERN CAPE – The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile has noted with pride the efforts of the investigating officer attached to the Provincial Commercial Crime Investigation Unit as Shaun Norman Currin was convicted and sentenced.
During June 2015 employees of a company known as ORO Africa noticed irregularities pertaining to payments to suppliers and took the brave step to bring it to the attention of the management. The accused was given an opportunity to give a reasonable explanation as to the reason for the irregularities, who refused to comment and was then requested to leave the premises. The financial reports were reviewed and found to be unauthorised. During consultation, the accused promised, but never responded to the allegations levelled against him. It became evident that the accused created multiple fraudulent entries into his unlawful loan account on company costs to the amount of R7 855 427-47.
The Investigating officer detective Warrant Officer Ramendran Pillay stood his ground in court and faced the firing questions from the defence attorney. He was focussed on the magistrate and calmly answered the questions from the defence attorney. He did not in any way allow that the instruction from the accused through his legal representative, derail the court procedure. He simply stated the facts to the honourable court.
On Friday 25 November 2022, the accused was sentenced to 49 years on charges of fraud and money laundering. The charges will run concurrent and the accused will be incarcerated for an effective nine years.
Source: South African Police Service