AgriSETA funding row – Company director found guilty on 50 counts of fraud

South African Police Service

AgriSETA funding row - Company director found guilty on 50 counts of fraud. Photo: Pixabay
AgriSETA funding row - Company director found guilty on 50 counts of fraud. Photo: Pixabay

The Kimberley Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced Lerata Raphael Mokoteli (40) after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

Between March and June 2016, the Director of Media Engineering and Office Solution, Lerata Raphael Mokoteli submitted a fraudulent funding proposal to AgriSETA for funding of gardening project, giving a misrepresentation that he had partnered with Dipalemo Company which is accredited by AgriSETA (AGRICULTURE SECTOR EDUCATION TRAINING AUTHORITY) for the purpose of funding.

Mokoteli acted as if he had the mandate from Dipalemo Company to enter into partnership with Business against Crime Company for the use of its accreditation certificate with AgriSETA, whereas he was not the member of Dipalemo.

AgriSETA granted a funding of approximately R1.9 million to Business against Crime Company as a consequence of misrepresentation.

The Kimberley based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team successfully investigated the matter resulting in a conviction and sentencing of the accused.

Mokoteli was found guilty on 50 counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering.

The accused person was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment which is wholly suspended for five years’ on condition that he is not convicted of money laundering during the period of suspension.

He was further instructed to repay R1.9 million to the benefit of Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Steve Mabuela expressed his satisfaction with the conviction of the accused. “Mokoteli’s guilty plea was influenced by overwhelming evidence placed before court, as a result of meticulous investigation by our investigating team,” remarked the General.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service