Hawks arrest 2 cops in relation to UIF fraud in KZN
Hawks arrested two police sergeants and a civilian alleged to have received a fraudulent sum of more than R 692 000 which was meant for National Adhesive employees.
New24 reported on Monday that Hawks confirmed that the company had applied for Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) relief fund which was properly processed.
According to the Hawks, it later emerged that the company’s account details were fraudulently changed, and the amount of R 692 285.55 was deposited into a different bank account.
The Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said their investigation had disclosed that the accounts belonged to a police officer from the Durban Tactical Response Team.
“He allegedly transferred the money into another different bank accounts belonging to another official police and the civilian”. Said Mulamu.
Hawks arrested these three suspects aged between 25 and 39 on Monday afternoon.
Mulamu said almost R 240 000 from the stolen money had already been frozen, while they try to recover the rest of it.
“The investigation team has also seized an NP200 bakkie as well as a stand which was purchased through the proceeds of crime,” said Mulamu.
Mulamu added that both police officers will be forfeited to the state and they are set to appear in Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court this Tuesday.