A Durban couple this week pleaded guilty in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to stealing R13.7m from the KZN Blind and Deaf Society between 2012 and 2019.

TimesLIVE reports that Ruvanya Ramiah, a former employee of the society, confessed to 354 counts of fraud amounting to more than R12m.

Her husband, Ayush Rambally, pleaded guilty to 79 counts of theft amounting to about R1.7m.

According to NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara, Ramiah was employed as a finance officer at the society from March 2012 to February 2019.

Her duties included salary and general payments. She had access to and control of the society’s banking accounts. She committed fraud by paying herself inflated salaries twice.

She also created false payments to suppliers and fabricated evidence to support those payments.

The money went into her bank account and that of her husband.

In his plea, Rambally said he took the money knowing he was not entitled to it as he was neither an employee nor a creditor of the society.

The matter was adjourned to 4 August for pre-sentencing and correctional supervision reports.

The pair will remain in custody as they were previously denied bail.

Full TimesLIVE report