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Cape Town - A former administrative officer for the City of Cape Town received a suspended sentence for fraud on Tuesday.
The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced mother of two Ethel Maloyley, 43, to five years' imprisonment, suspended for five years, on eight fraud charges involving R39 500.
The charges related to Maloyley fraudulently selling vacant plots to people desperately in need of homes between February 2010 and March 2011.
As one of the conditions of suspension, magistrate Sabrina
Sonnenberg ordered Maloyley to repay the victims in monthly instalments,
According to prosecutor Simon Leope, Maloyley was based at the Somerset West housing office, where her duties included the allocation of plots to registered beneficiaries.
She was not permitted to accept money for the allocation of the plots.
Leope said that the fact that Maloyley had abused her position of authority to defraud desperate people, whom she was supposed to help, was an aggravating factor.
However, Legal Aid lawyer Hailey Lawrence said in mitigation that Moloyley was willing to repay the victims, and that she had lost her job.
Lawrence said Maloyley had worked for 13 years as a debtor clerk with the City of Cape Town, before her promotion to the post of administrative officer.