Two female company Directors – 53-year-old Alessandra Astalos and 51-year-old Jasmith Ramila – this week appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court facing fraud charges related to pension contributions.
On Wednesday, 8 December 2021, the court heard that between January 2014 and March 2015, luggage manufacturing company executives Astalos and Ramila deducted employees’ pension contributions from their salaries.
Allegations are that the pair stole money that had been deducted from employees that was supposed to be paid into the pension fund scheme.
The Springfield-based liquidated company, Revelation, allegedly deducted about R154 000 collectively from employees during the stated period.
The deducted money was never paid to the pension fund.
When the matter came to light, a warrant of arrest was issued for the two accused.
Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said Astalos and Ramila handed themselves in at the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation office in Germiston.
“They were immediately charged and appeared in court on the same day,” said Captain Mulamu.
Their matter was postponed to 9 February 2022. Both accused were granted bail of R5 000 each.