Fraudulent invoices lands former sales person in court

WESTERN CAPE – A 49-year-old man who allegedly duplicated invoices to defraud the company he worked for, was arrested on Thursday, 24 March 2022, by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team and subsequently appeared at Bluedowns Magistrate’s Court on a charge of fraud where he was released on R1000 bail.

Marlon Morne Machelm is accused of collecting payments from clients with the intention of enriching himself thus causing over R97 000 loss to the company. He worked at Meshco Company as a sales representative with the responsibility of liaising and interacting with existing clients.

It is alleged that during the period between 2015 and 2016 he convinced some of the clients to place orders directly with him as he can arrange staff discounts on cash orders. Through his criminal activity he would then issue duplicate delivery invoices to enable deliveries to get to the clients. He would then collect the payment personally as soon as delivery is made. These payments were never paid over to the company.

Source: South African Police Service