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MPUMALANGA – Jaco Meintjies (45) was arrested by members of the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Mpumalanga for Fraud and Theft on Monday 3 February 2020 and subsequently appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate Court for alleged fraud.

Mentjies was released on R3000 bail and is set to join other six family members who were arrested in 2019 and are expected to go on trial on the same case on the 5, 6 and 7 May 2020.

Carol Ann Event (46), and five co-accused, Lucy Andrea Du Preez (50), John Avent (53), Piet Albertus Meintjies (36), Maria Antoinette Le Roux (49) and Kerry Anne Avent (31) who were arrested in 2019 in connection with over R11.5 Million that was allegedly stolen from a Nelspruit based entity from 2010 to 2016 through fictitious transactions initiated by Carol Ann Event, a former bookkeeper at the said entity.

Carol was arrested in 2016 and charged on 1150 counts of fraud, she was subsequently released on a R5000 bail and was later pleaded guilty in November 2019 and her matter is postponed to 13 February 2020. Hawks investigation revealed that she apparently diverted the funds to her family members accounts.

Other family members are arrested and added to Carol Ann Event case and have been released on R3000 bail each by the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court.