Danish fraud suspect to leave South Africa

BY: Mabel Faith Tannor
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A Danish woman suspected of a huge fraud at home will return to Denmark, a South African court ruled Thursday.

 The magistrate at Johannesburg’s Randburg court said Britta Nielsen would return to Denmark accompanied by a Danish police officer later in the day.

Piet du Plessis, Nielsen’s attorney, told court that the 64-year-old Danish civil servant “is cooperating fully” with international and Danish authorities.

She is the main suspect in a fraud case that caused a Danish government welfare agency to lose at least 111 million kroner ($17 million).

In court, she sat quietly with her legs crossed, short hair dyed black, a cardigan over her arms and wearing sneakers.

Du Plessis read a statement saying Nielsen was willing to fly home, meaning no formal extradition was needed.

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“We have made an agreement with the state that the matter against Ms Nielsen would be withdrawn (.) and as a free person she would accompany” officials back to Denmark, du Plessis told The Associated Press.