The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced a Cape Town lawyer to seven years in prison after he was convicted on two counts of fraud on Wednesday.
Ignatius Marthinus Potgieter abused trust funds totalling R720 963 after two families entrusted him with their money.
Arguing in aggravation of sentence, advocate Jannie Knipe said: “The accused abused his position of trust with his clients in order to commit the above offences.”
In 2011 Cara and Sheena Bloem appointed Potgieter to administer and finalise their dead father’s estate. He promised to act in the best interests of the estate and to pay the man’s home loan, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.