Lawyer convicted and ordered to pay back money stolen from client’s estate

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Owner and director of Du Plessis Attorneys, Gavin Du Plessis, who pleaded guilty stealing a client’s money in the city’s Specialised Commercial Crimes earlier this month was ordered to pay back the money.

National Prosecution Authority (NPA) said that their evidence showed that Du Plessis stole just over R260 000 of his client’s money, way much more he was supposed to receive.

NPA spokesperson, Anelisa Ngcakani, said that in June 2008, Du Plessis had transferred approximately R320 000 from his deceased client’s estate account into his personal bank account instead of the law firm’s trust account.

Du Plessis was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment wholly suspended for five (5) years with stringent conditions after being found guilty on 13 July.

He was also ordered to repay the said total amount over a period of 60 months on R4, 400 monthly instalments, resuming on or before 3 August 2020.

The findings by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Port Elizabeth found that Du Plessis was only entitled to R 60 000.00 for services rendered.

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