Couple swindles KZN charity out of millions

After years of running from law enforcement, a couple has been arrested for defrauding the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society out of R12 million.

The couple, who are from Estcourt in KZN, was arrested on 14 April and applied for bail on 28 April.

KZN COUPLE COMMITS FRAUD

Ruvanya Ramiah (30) and Ayush Rambally (31) allegedly stole from the society between the period 2012 and 2019. Ramiah, worked as the finance officer and her husband, Rambally, accepted financial pay-outs into his bank accounts. They are accused of defrauding the society of R12 785 634.

KZN Regional Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Natasha Kara said: “It is alleged that they stole this money from the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society from March 2012 to December 2018, while Ramiah was employed there.”

KZN DEAF AND BLIND SOCIETY WELCOMES ARREST

According to The Witness, the couple was charged with a combined 432 counts of theft, fraud and money laundering.

The KZN Blind and Deaf Society welcomed the arrests of the couple.

As the matter returned to court on 28 April for a bail application, the KZN Deaf and Blind Society President, Veetha Sewkuran, expressed deep gratitude to Colonel Sibiya of the Special Crimes Investigating Unit for working hard to ensure that justice is served.

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FACEBOOK USERS SHARE THEIR VIEWS

Following the organisation’s announcement about the couple’s arrest on Facebook, users shared their views.

Manjula Dilrajh: “So glad justice was served. Wonder if they realise they didn’t just defraud an organisation – but people who are disabled and desperately needed the society’s help – they took from the vulnerable – not to mention those that gave those funds”

Karen Bodamer: “It is time for Deaf / Blind to be given jobs if qualified or offered job opportunities to run the society themselves. It is time for non-disabled people to stop taking advantages of disabled people especially jobs.”

Sara Haridas: “I am saddened by these alleged fraudsters actions as personally knew the father and family of this young man. It’s terrible and unacceptable behaviour. No words to describe the pain that this causes to everyone.”

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