Eastern Cape: The Acting Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the Eastern Cape, Brigadier Bongani Maqashalala welcomed the sentence handed down to Brigette Wait (36) by the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.
She was sentenced to nine years direct imprisonment following her conviction on 24 February 2020 where she was found guilty of 223 counts of fraud worth over R3 million.
Brigette Wait was employed by TAG Yachts SA in St Francis Bay in an administrative position over the period between Aug 2014 and August 2017. Amongst her duties she performed, was to capture payments and prepare invoices for the company clients.
The Hawks investigation revealed that she fraudulently changed the bank details of creditors with her own, resulting in large amounts of money being paid into her bank account.
This only surfaced when she had left TAG Yachts on her own accord and was employed by the Bull Clothing company in Jeffrey’s Bay where she defrauded her new employer of approximately R300,000.
She was released on R2000 bail following her arrest on 6 November 2019 and upon her conviction in February her bail was extended until the sentencing.