The 49-year-old from Hilton is alleged to have swindled the private school for R2.1million and lied about having cancer.
For many, Moodley became a beacon of hope, who was admired for her strength in fighting the life-threatening disease that had left her, at the time, with only four months to live.
According to the State, she worked under the surname Jaickaran while at the private school, where she issued fake invoices defrauding the
school of more than R2 million.
Moodley, in her plea statement, confessed that she had inflated prices while hosting a conference for the school and negotiated with the production company, Big Beat Productions on a price in August 2016.
Once confronted by the school, she admitted her actions and that she had used her son to take responsibility for her actions, “I caused my son to take responsibility for my actions.”
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A probe into Moodley’s claims of her son defrauding the school established that submission allegedly made by the son were false.
Further investigations revealed that Moodley used fake accounts and made-up company names to deposit R2 099 290
from the school into her account, by issuing 73 fabricated invoices.
She further confessed to creating false invoices, inflating amounts in excess of R23000.”I used four different bank accounts in my name to perpetuate fraud on Cowan House and one account in the name of my son,”she said in her statement.
Moodley further admitted that four years ago, in April 2014 she lied to the school that she had cancer and had only four months to live. To
make her lie more convincing, she also produced forged letters from doctors and the Grey’s Hospital Oncology Department.
“After convincing Cowan House that the cancer had spread and that I did not have long to live, I was allowed to take sick leave. I was paid my full salary. Subsequent investigations revealed I did not have cancer
and was not a known patient at the Grey’s Hospital Oncology Department and that the medical reports supplied to Cowan House were forgeries,” said Moodley.
Moodley had even gone to the extent of shaving of her eyebrows and hair, donning wigs, and having a photo-shoot done.
The “actual loss suffered” by the school was R1,765290, as Cowan House had received R334000 back from some transactions Moodley was
Moodley is to be sentenced in May.