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GAUTENG – Mother and son are expected back in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, tomorrow on fraud and theft charges.
It is alleged that between 2016 and 2020, the mother, Petronella Stander (52) allegedly swindled approximately R1 million in numerous transactions meant for suppliers into her bank account, from her former employer, OPTO Africa (Pty) Ltd, a Randburg based industrial automation software and weighbridge installation company’s business account.
In April last year, the investigation team arrested and charged Stander with fraud and theft. The court later released her on a R10 000 bail.
A warrant of arrest was issued against Stander’s son, Orrin Stander (33). The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Johannesburg arrested Orrin on Wednesday, 04 May, accompanied by his attorney.
During Orrin’s court appearance the following day, the court granted him a R3000 bail.
Both mother and son are expected back in court tomorrow.