Suspect arrested for R2.1 million fraud

PRETORIA – A 49-year-old suspect will be appearing in the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ court facing charges of fraud and money laundering following his arrest in the early hours of this morning in Johannesburg by the Serious Corruption Investigation in the North West.

It is reported that between 2019/2020, the suspect who was employed as general manager by a security company, approached area supervisors working around North West to start recruiting ghost employees. The supervisors allegedly recruited about 56 ghost employees who were paid approximately R5000-00 per month.

The fictitious employees reportedly received monthly salaries in their fictitious bank accounts, which were later reversed by the suspect and deposited into his personal account. The suspect allegedly received undue payments of approximately R2.1 million over a period of twelve months.

Source: South African Police Service