Three accused, Amanda Lowton (48), Mark Lowton (54) and Daryl Spencer (56) briefly appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court after they were arrested by Hawks members from Durban Serious Corruption Investigation unit on 2 April 2021.
It is alleged that Amanda who was employed as an accountant manipulated the company’s financial records between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2017.
In the process Mark allegedly submitted fictitious invoice to the same company and an amount of R1.8 million was paid into his business account. Both Amanda and Daryl allegedly approved the payment, as result the company suffered a financial loss.
A case of fraud was reported at Pinetown police station for intensive investigation.
They were charged for fraud and money laundering. Spencer was granted R20 000.00 bail whereas Amanda and Mark were granted R10 000-00 each. The case was postponed to 12 May 2021.
The KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, Major General Leseja Senona welcomed the arrest of the accused. “This office will fight corruption in all angles, whether in private sector or public sector and we will investigate without any fear of favour,” he said.