Stutterheim man in court on fraud charge

A 37-year-old Stutterheim man, Dean Palmer, appeared before the Stutterheim Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for alleged fraud amounting to about R20 million.

He was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit on Monday, police spokesman Captain Anelisa Feni said.

It is alleged that between 2012 and 2017, Palmer, who was employed as a cash sales manager at a timber manufacturing company in Stutterheim, misappropriated company funds.

He is accused of pocketing some of the money that clients paid in exchange for goods.

Palmer is also accused of submitting and capturing false delivery notes to the timber manufacturing company as he allegedly submitted false information pertaining to volumes, lengths and grade of the timber which was sold to clients.

The court granted Palmer R5 000 bail and he is expected back in court on February 15 next year.

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