A finance clerk at pharmacy chain Clicks and his girlfriend are to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for fraud, theft and money laundering.
Themba Romario Maneli and his girlfriend Nanky Tozama Kanase, both aged 24, were arrested on Friday and are expected to apply for bail.
According Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase, Maneli was employed at Clicks' IT finance department and allegedly colluded with Kanase. It is alleged that he submitted several fictitious invoices amounting to more than R4m to a company Kanase owned and directed.
"Over R1.6m was already transferred to different bank accounts and the stolen funds were quickly depleted through electronic payments and ATM withdrawals."
On Monday, the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in Cape Town and the Hawks secured a R2.4m preservation order against the couple, Nkwalase said.
"The Hawks' swift investigation landed the two in jail whilst the Asset Forfeiture Unit managed to freeze the remaining alleged stolen millions of rand," he said.