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J Arthur Brown takes appeal to ConCourt

The former Fidentia boss has approached the highest court to appeal his 15-year fraud sentence.

FILE: Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown has filed papers with the Constitutional Court to apply for leave to appeal his 15-year-prison sentence for fraud. Picture: SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown has filed papers in the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal his 15-year fraud sentence.

His initial sentence of a R150,000 fine and a suspended jail term was set aside by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) late last year.

The initial sentence was handed down in the Western Cape High Court.

In his affidavit, Brown said the Bloemfontein court's decision to impose a harsher sentence constituted an infringement of his rights.

He also wants the highest court to decide on the validity of the SCA's decision to allow and accept additional aggravating evidence, which the state and defence agreed would be excluded during his trial when he pleaded guilty.

Brown originally faced 190 charges and was accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the widows and orphans of mineworkers.

He was only convicted on two counts.

The misappropriated funds were from investments for the Transport Education and Training Authority.

The remaining money was taken during Fidentia's takeover of the Mantadia Asset Trust Company.