A 37-year-old former attorney, Shaun Muskat, has been arraigned by the South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS) at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on charges of theft of approximately R2.7 million worth of property trust funds.
It was gathered that the accused, who was arraigned on Tuesday, April 6, was the property conveyancer at Muskat Attorneys based in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.
He allegedly pocketed the trust funds paid into his trust account by potential property buyers in March 2017.
According to Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, who spoke for the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS), Muskat has since been sequestrated and prohibited from practising as an attorney by the Law Society in 2018.
“ He turned himself in at the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation office in Johannesburg accompanied by his lawyer on Tuesday, 06 April 2021 and subsequently charged for theft.
“ The court granted Muskat R10,000-00 bail and the case is postponed to April 14, for legal aid representation ”, Mulamu said.