July 2009

The new cabinet have prioritised the fight against fraud and corruption as one of their key deliverables. In line with National Initiatives, our Forensics team is assisting both private and public sector clients to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute white collar crime.

New Initiatives

In addition to our other services, we have developed tailor-made forensic training for our clients which entails training for Directors and Senior Management as well as for employees in key areas. Course material is made available to delegates attending the courses. The typical topics covered in the training course include:

understanding the concepts of fraud, corruption and other forms of economic crime;
red flags and fraud awareness;
whistle blowing processes and proven tecniques in fraud prevention, among others.

The training courses are performed through an accredited service provider, hence our clients are entitled to obtain rebates for this service through the skills development levy.

Enquiries regarding our training package can be addressed to Matthew Purchase on +27 11 669 9568 or +27 82 441 3785.

Contact us

Our forensics team can be contacted through Sylvia Bibb + 27 11 669 9535 or s.bibb@bowman.co.za

IN THIS NEWSLETTER

Knowing your Pyramid from Your Ponzi

Theft of Information and the Impotency of the ECT Act.
Isn’t it time to name and shame tender defaulters?
Liar Liar
EU“RICA”! – Discovering what impact the amendments to Rica have on cell phone service providers and users
Timing is not everything
The Team

Knowing your Pyramid from Your Ponzi
  By Matthew Purchase
 

 

Much of the news recently has been dominated by the activities of Mr Barry Tannenbaum, who has allegedly been carrying on a fraud scheme which appears to have duped hundreds of well-heeled investors in South Africa and abroad. The amounts involved have been the subject of wild speculation with figures of R10 and R14 billion reported in the press. However, because money is often circulated or re-invested in a scheme like this, the actual losses are likely to be smaller than that - but by anybody’s reckoning this will be the largest fraud ever perpetrated in South Africa if the allegations against Mr Tannenbaum are correct. Read more...

 

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Theft of Information and the Impotency of the ECT Act.
  By Johan Kruger
 

 

It has become clear that industrial espionage and theft of information will become 'the crimes' of the new millennium. In no other way is it possible to obtain so much economic advantage with so little effort. Since by far the most information these days is stored on computers, it has become easy for hackers and other technologically advanced criminals to “misappropriate” masses of valuable information without leaving a trace. Read more...

 

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Isn’t it time to name and shame tender defaulters?
 

By Mandy Munro-Smith

 

 

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is intent on clamping down on corrupt tendering practices in South Africa, saying Govenment has to 'clean up it's act'. 'It is high time that tender defaulters are named and shamed', Mandy Munro-Smith, a partner at commercial law firm Bowman Gilfillan, said in Johannesburg yesterday. Read more...

 

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Liar Liar
 

By Matthew Purchase

 

 

Every good spy film I’ve ever watched has involved some combination of interrogation and lie-detector tests to assist the hero in unravelling the villain’s plot for global domination. Similarly, companies and organisations in South Africa are increasingly turning to the same measures in a forensic context to protect themselves against fraud and theft. Read more...

 

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EU“RICA”! – Discovering what impact the amendments to Rica have on cell phone service providers and users
 

By Tanya Viljoen

 

 

In response to criminals misusing technology to further their criminal activities, the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act 70 of 2002 (“RICA”) came into force in 2005. The aim of the Act is to regulate certain aspects of communications and to legalise the interception of communications in specific instances, for example, where it is reasonably believed that a serious offence is about to be committed. Read more...

 

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Timing is not everything
  By Luway Mongie
 


Disciplinary codes and policies used by employers often contain strict guidelines in regard to time periods for holding disciplinary hearings. Whilst employers are generally required to follow agreed time periods set out in their disciplinary codes, failure to do so does not necessarily render such disciplinary procedures unfair. Read more...

 

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Our approach to forensic investigations aims to reduce, control and prevent business-related or white collar crime, such as fraud and false pretences, theft, breach of trust, offences against the government, corruption, the insolvency process, securities fraud and counterfeiting. Our team comprises of legal experts who are particularly knowledgeable and experienced in forensic investigations, as well as the applicable law of evidence and investigative legal procedures. We possess the necessary interrogation and litigation skills not only to investigate but also to institute civil, disciplinary or criminal proceedings and to recover whatever losses may have been sustained. Our investigations are conducted with the ultimate goal of not only giving the client a choice of instituting disciplinary, civil or criminal action at the end of the investigation, but also to have assembled all the admissible evidence that will be required for a successful prosecution at a disciplinary hearing, criminal trial or civil action.

Our forensics team are also specialists in compiling fraud prevention policies for our clients as well as fraud risk assessment. Our investigations are all covered by legal privilege which gives our clients the assurance of confidentiality.

THE TEAM

MANDY MUNRO-SMITH

Partner
Tel
+27 11 669 9560
E-mail
m.smith@bowman.co.za

More on Mandy - click here

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MATTHEW PURCHASE


Senior Associate

Tel
+27 11 669 9568
E-mail
m.purchase@bowman.co.za

More on Matthew - click here

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JOHAN KRUGER


Senior Associate
Tel
+27 11 669 9537
E-mail
j.kruger@bowman.co.za

More on Johan - click here

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TANYA VILJOEN


Senior Associate
Tel
+27 11 669 9551
E-mail
t.viljoen@bowman.co.za

More on Tanya - click here

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LUWAY MONGIE


Associate
Tel
+27 11 669 9457
E-mail
l.mongie@bowman.co.za

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DAVE LOXTON


Partner
Tel
+27 11 669 9525
E-mail
d.loxton@bowman.co.za

More on Dave - click here

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