Four police officers and two petrol attendants arrested for fraud

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Four police officials stationed at Coligny in North West Province and two petrol attendants working at petrol filling stations in the area were arrested on Tuesday for fraud. It is alleged that the police colluded with petrol attendants between January and December 2020, and defrauded South African Police Service (SAPS) by using state-owned motor vehicles fuel cards to pay for fuel that was never filled in the said vehicles. They would then claim cash amounts and share it among themselves.

Colonel Amanda Funani of North West Police said it was later established that some of the claims were processed while the vehicles were at the SAPS garage for repairs. “After these irregularities, an investigation was conducted and led to the arrest of these members, aged between 43 and 56.”

Funani added that two petrol attendants, aged 38 and 58, turned into state witnesses, were arrested. The six suspects are expected to appear in the Coligny Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 3 February 2022.

Investigation into the matter is underway and more arrests are imminent.

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