A South African woman is currently awaiting sentencing in court after she allegedly used her company’s money to gamble online.
Lizette Stassen will be required to pay R2.3 million back to OUT, a non-profit organisation involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender community rights. South African newspaper City Press reported that Stassen pleaded guilty in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria to 174 charges of fraud and theft amounting to R1.829-million.
Stassen had worked for the OUT since 2006, but resigned in 2010 when her fraudulent activities had initially been discovered. According to the organisation, between 2007 and 2010 Stassen misappropriated over R2.6-million by forging cheques and manipulating OUT’s internet banking system, amongst other means. She also allegedly used the company credit card to pay for goods, including holidays and online gambling. Stassen has admitted to appropriating the funds but has refused to pay it back.
Sentencing is expected to start next week, City Press reported.