A man applied for the Deputy Director post with fake qualifications and defrauded the office of the premier R3.7 Million

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The Hawks members from Pietermaritzburg Serious Commercial Crime Investigation arrested a 40-year-old suspect on Monday, for two counts of fraud which happened at the Office of the Premier in KwaZulu-Natal. 

It is alleged that the suspect applied for a Project Manager’s post in 2010 and submitted a fraudulent qualification. He was employed and in 2019 he further applied for a Deputy Director’s post and was appointed to that post.

Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo of KwaZulu Natal Police said the Department of Public Administration conducted qualification verification and the suspect failed to submit the original documents as requested.

“It was discovered that his qualifications were fraudulent and disciplinary steps were instituted against him. The Office of the Premier was defrauded R 3 720 422 and a case of fraud was reported at Pietermaritzburg police station”.

The case docket was allocated to Hawks members for further investigation hence he was charged yesterday. The suspect is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on 16 March 2023.

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