Actress Terry Pheto was recently accused of fraud allegations, after she was said to have been engaged with a lottery corruption scandal. The main actress in the Oscar-winning film ‘Tsotsi’ Pheto and eight others have been blamed for swindling South Africa’s National Lotteries Commission. However, she has denied any of the allegations and says she will help out with the investigation.
Pheto was among eight people, including two lawyers, an accountant, a hotel group chief executive officer (CEO) and a former commissioner of the NLC, who are to be investigated by Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in a multimillion-rand extortion plot.
As indicated by the report, this extortion plot purportedly saw them getting properties through cash deceitfully gained from the NLC.
‘This is a difficult time for me’: Terry Pheto denies involvement in lotto fraud. I deny any involvement in the alleged scheme that has been reported on. I also had no prior knowledge of an application to obtain a preservation order against me and have no sight of this order” she said.
According to the Press, the SIU was granted an order by the high court in Pretoria to seize nine luxury properties in Pretoria, Centurion, Hartbeespoort, and Johannesburg, pending the final determination of the application for final forfeiture.
In an explanation, Pheto said she was disheartened to find that she was the subject of a SIU probe into allegations of extortion connecting with funding by the NLC.
Pheto said she respects the law and would coordinate completely with the examination openly. She has portrayed this experience to be a tough time for her.
“This is a difficult time for me. I would like to thank everyone for their unwavering messages of support.”
In the mean time, It was subsequently detailed that the unit had gotten a high court preservation order to freeze nine luxury properties, vehicles and two restaurants esteemed at about R25-million which belongs to different people.
Pheto posted a tweet at the end of the week, expressing she was stunned to find out about the SIU probe.
“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”, the SIU explains.