Danish national Britta Nielsen appears in the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg, Thursday, Nov. 8 2018. Nielsen is reported to have been an employee of the Danish ministry for social affairs for more than 40 years and is alleged to have transferred millions of dollars to her own bank accounts between 2002 and 2018. (AP Photo/Thembe Hadebe)

Main suspect in Danish fraud case to leave South Africa

November 08, 2018 - 6:00 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has ruled that a Danish woman suspected of a huge fraud at home, can be sent to Denmark.

The magistrate at Johannesburg's Randburg court said Britta Nielsen will return to Denmark accompanied by a Danish police officer later Thursday.

Piet du Plessi, Nielsen's attorney, told court that the 64-year-old Dane "is cooperating fully" with international and Danish authorities.

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

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