A joint operation by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit, Kimberley K9 and Kimberley Flying Squad has resulted in the arrest of five suspects aged between 36 and 61, for alleged fraud and money laundering on Tuesday.
It is alleged that in August 2015, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria received a complaint regarding fraudulent claims made at Kimberley Masters of the High Court office. According to some of the interest bearing cards, there was money paid to the suspects which appeared to be claimed later by the guardians of the beneficiaries.
The main suspect is a former employee at Kimberley Master of the High Court and he is accused of assisting four other co-accused to fraudulently claim the funds. The Department suffered a loss totalling over R850 000. All suspects are expected to appear at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court today.