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There is no limitation period for fraud, but the real issue is whether the secretary has any money which can be recovered. How much have you lost in this?
Does the building company still exist? I ask this because builders often liquidate companies after issues like this.
While there is no limitation period against the person who committed the court, it may be more difficult to recover against the company, because they are outside the normal limitation period of six years. Was there a reason you did not pursue the company when you lost this money nine years ago?
How did you discover that you had lost this money?
What I don't understand as yet is why at the time this was being built, you did not realise that you were missing this money. At the time you could have asked the company to replace this or did you end up paying money twice for the building work?
Normally if someone had stolen money from building company this would not be your problem because they would still be obliged to undertake the construction in terms of your progress payments, and they would need to cover the losses themselves
You need to prove that you have actually lost money. Just because someone stole money from them, doesn't mean you have had money stolen from you. Can you do this?