The question on many people’s lips was how and why actress Terry Pheto was linked to the alleged fraud involving the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
TimesLIVE reported on Friday that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) had obtained a high court preservation order to freeze nine luxury properties in Gauteng, a BMW 420i and two Ocean Basket franchises on the East Rand. Their combined value is about R25m, and they are linked to the renowned actress, and others. SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago explained to EWN how Terry Pheto was implicated.
“Her name come into the fold when we were tracing the money and we ended up in this property that is owned by her and that is why her name is attached to this because we were tracing the money that was supposed to have gone to an NPO, to other people, and ended up being used to buy the property that she owns.”
In a statement denying the claims, Terry said she was willing to abide by the law and co-operate and thanked her fans and friends for their unwavering support amid the allegations.
Read the full statement below:
I am dismayed to discover I am the subject of a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into allegations of fraud relating to funding by the National Lotteries Commission.
I deny any involvement in the alleged scheme that has been reported on. I also had not prior knowledge of an application to obtain preservation order against me and have had no sight of this order.
I hold the law high in regard and will co-operate fully with this investigation in an open and transparent time for me.
I would like to thank everyone for their unwavering messages of support.
Source – Tshisalive
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