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Eskom employee arrested for R11m electricity billing fraud

Former Eskom employee Liesel Maria Wolmarans has been charged with R11m electricity billing fraud.
Former Eskom employee Liesel Maria Wolmarans has been charged with R11m electricity billing fraud.
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A former Eskom employee has been arrested for electricity billing fraud amounting to R11m.

Liesel Maria Wolmarans, 44, appeared in the Gqeberha specialised commercial crime court on Friday after her arrest by the Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team.

Capt Yolisa Mgolodela, spokesperson for the directorate, said Wolmarans was a senior billing clerk at Eskom between March 2011 and May 2021. She processed electricity meter readings on the billing system. The readings were captured by route contractors at customer sites on a hand-held device and forwarded to Wolmarans electronically.

“Wolmarans then had to bill the customers for the electricity usage in accordance to the readings,” said Mgolodela.

“Wolmarans was, however, alleged to have made a misrepresentation to Eskom in that she unlawfully and intentionally processed false readings on the billing system for which the customers were billed for lower electricity usage. The matter was reported to the Hawks for probing hence the arrest of Wolmarans on July 29. The investigations revealed that Wolmarans prejudiced Eskom cash to the value of more than R11m.”

Wolmarans was released on R2,000 bail. The matter was remanded to August 30.

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