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Heart Radio 104.9FM ex-boss found guilty

by Staff Reporter
on 23 Jun 2008
The Bellville Website
The Bellville Website

Heart Radio's former financial director has been found guilty in the Bellville commercial crimes court of theft and fraud charges totalling over R12.5 million.

Mario Roos, former financial director of Heart Radio 104.9FM initially embezzled over R60 000 from the Foshini Group during his employ there as a financial controller. He told the court that the Foshini Group had agreed to not press charges provided that the money was returned. Roos however, had to resign from his position at a later date and took up a similar job at Heart Radio.
Whilst employed at Heart Radio, he used the company's electronic banking system to steal over R12.4 million before fleeing the country.

He returned to South Africa and handed himself over to the police on 23 May 2008.

According to Roos, he gambled away most of the funds and he had a severe gambling addiction.

Roos' counsel handed a written plea to the court during the hearings. The case continues.

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