A courtroom in South Africa has heard how a girl with a passion for casinos embezzled a staggering amount of cash from her employer over 13 years. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The Business Crimes Courtroom within the South African enterprise capital Johannesburg has convicted accountant Hildegard Steenkamp of embezzling R537m ($27.9m) from her employer, Medtronic, to fund a lavish way of life that included huge losses at casinos.
CrimeInSA took to Twitter on Monday to share information of the staggering felony enterprise that began six months after Steenkamp joined Medtronic and lasted for 13 years:
Steenkamp, who’s from the town of Boksburg, joined Medtronic in 2004 as a junior accountant. Based on a sworn statement by forensic investigator Graham Dawes on the ongoing trial, the fraudster used many of the cash she stole for abroad journey, jewellery, vogue objects, and, most importantly, playing.
a few of her thefts topped R20m ($1m) in a single month
Monday’s testimony revealed Steenkamp misplaced R5m ($260,507) playing in a single evening, whereas a few of her thefts topped R20m ($1m) in a single month. Steenkamp pleaded responsible in Might to 336 costs and, whereas the Joburg courtroom has already convicted her of embezzlement, her sentencing is to come back on Tuesday.