Sharika Regchand
News Editor
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23 Jun 2022
14:08

Couple pleads guilty to defrauding the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society

Sharika Regchand

The couple who defrauded the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society has pleaded guilty to 354 counts of fraud.

The couple who defrauded the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society has pleaded guilty to 354 counts of fraud.

Ruvanya Ramiah (31) and Ayush Rambally (32) pleaded guilty to fraud and theft in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, said Ramiah pleaded guilty to 354 counts of fraud, amounting to over R12 million, while Rambally pleaded guilty to 79 counts of theft, amounting to about R1.7 million.

In her plea, Ramiah stated that she was employed as a finance officer at the Blind and Deaf Society from March 2012 to February 2019. Her duties included salary payments and general payments, and she had access to and control of the society’s banking accounts.

She said she committed the fraud by paying herself inflated salaries, twice and sometimes more times in the same month.

She also created false payments to suppliers and fabricated evidence to support those payments. The money was going into her private bank account and that of her husband (Rambally).

During his plea, Rambally said, that he took the money knowing very well that he was not entitled to it, as he was neither an employee nor a creditor of the society. He admitted to being aware that his actions were unlawful and intended to permanently deprive the society of the funds, which he would use for his and his wife’s purposes.

Ramkisson-Kara added that matter was remanded to August 4, for pre-sentencing and correctional supervision reports. The pair will remain in custody as they were previously denied bail.