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Cape Town - A former salesman with a company specialising in industrial and transport refrigeration was fined R10 000 or 12 months' imprisonment by a Cape Town court on Wednesday.
Barend Pofadder, 50, was convicted of selling stock he stole from a warehouse under his control and covering it up with false invoices.
Pofadder, a grandfather who had to support his unemployed children as well as his grandchildren all living together at his home, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.
At the request of defence attorney T Ahmed he was allowed until the end of June next year to pay the fine.
In addition to the fine he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment conditionally suspended for five years, and declared unfit to possess a firearm.
Pofadder had worked for the company GEA Grenco Africa (Pty) Ltd.
He was found guilty of fraud involving R714 630 committed during August 2010.
Prosecutor Jacques Smith agreed with the defence that a direct prison sentence was not justified and that Pofadder needed an opportunity to support his family, which he could not do in prison. However, at the age of 50, Pofadder knew right from wrong and should have known better, Smith said.
He added that the company had been adequately insured against theft and that this had minimised the company's losses.
Sonnenberg said Pofadder had no excuse for what he had done and that he was motivated by greed.
“You got greedy and discovered that it would be easy to steal refrigeration products from the warehouse under your control and sell them to clients for your own benefit.”
She said children saw when adults did wrong and this influenced them to do wrong as well. Pofadder had been privileged to have had a well-paid job and she hoped the suspended prison sentence would be an effective deterrent.