Lawyer's fraud trial to start in October
07 July 2020 | Justice
The trial of an estate administrator, who stands accused of fraud and embezzling funds belonging to orphaned children between 2015 and 2017, is now ready for trial.
Mervin Kozonguizi (44) made another appearance before High Court judge Kobus Miller yesterday during a pre-trial case management conference, where an agreement was reached between State advocate Domonic Lisulo and defence lawyer Hipura Ujaha that the trial will start on 12 October and run until 23 October. Ujaha also informed the court that the accused's legal team has sought the assistance of local senior defence lawyer James Diedericks for the trial.
Kozonguizi is free on bail of N$100 000. It is alleged that he defrauded the Master of the High Court between 2016 and January 2017 by pretending he was entitled to receive funds from the estate of the late Gustav Tjiuiju.
It is alleged that he received nearly N$7.1 million from this estate while he was not entitled to the money. It is further alleged that he also defrauded the Master of the High Court on 5 December 2015 by pretending he was entitled to N$2 million from the estate of the late Yolandi Dorothy Beukes.
The accused's law firm operates under the name Kozonguizi and Associates and administered deceased estates registered at the Master of the High Court on behalf of beneficiaries.
He was arrested on 15 January 2018 by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).