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Johannesburg – A Free State attorney was struck off the list of attorneys and now has a criminal record after using forged documents to apply for a judicial position.
Ruwaidah Edith Henney, 38, was convicted and convicted of fraud in an April 2018 incident last week.
According to Christopher Singo, captain of the Free State Hawks, Henney was in the Bloemfontein District Court when a senior judge approached her and asked if she would be interested in an available position as acting judge.
She really wanted to apply for the position and was then asked to submit her résumé along with a completed form.
Singo said she was then recommended and appointed as the acting judge based on the information on Henney’s résumé and application form.
However, it was later discovered that she had falsified information that she was a licensed attorney, which was a requirement for obtaining the position.
“The defendant was initially asked to provide evidence of admission to the bar and was requested again in late July 2018.
“An email dated July 25, 2018, allegedly by the Law Society, was sent by the defendant in this regard.
However, the chief judge who asked Henney to apply for the position later found the Acting Director of the Law Society that the Law Society was never registered or admitted to the bar.
“The defendant was then confronted and admitted during the meeting that she had fabricated the documents confirming that she was never admitted to the bar.
A subpoena was served on the defendant on October 29, 2019, and was convicted of fraud on December 10, 2020.
“She was sentenced to 36 months of prison supervision and an additional 36 months’ suspended sentence for five years on condition that she will not be convicted of fraud, falsification and statements made during the period of suspension.
“The accused name is also due to be removed from the list of lawyers on or before June 30, 2021.”