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A case against 29 year-old businessman from Skinkwater, Hammanskraal near Pretoria, Thabo Abel Simbini, has been postponed to next week after making an appearance briefly in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on charges of corruption.
Simbini’s arrest came after falling into a trap set by the Hawks shortly after investigations revealed that he might have unduly benefited from UIF COVID 19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS).
NPA’s Sipho Ngwema said that Simbini was arrested by members of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI), Hawks, during an undercover operation, authorised by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Pretoria.
It is said that Simbini made fraudulent UIF C19 Ters through his company Impossible Solutions on behalf of people that were not in their employ.
The company benefited money amounting to R 150m through this claim.
He was caught red-handed after paying a bribe to an official from the Department of Employment and Labour.
Simbini was not asked to plead during his first appearance and his matter was postponed to 18 November for the prosecutor to register a fraud docket and for further investigation.
The High Court in Pretoria granted the Assert Forfeiture Unit (AFU) an order to freeze bank accounts worth R111 million belonging to the said company on Thursday.
It was also revealed that he used other people’s details without their consent to claim money for over 6 000 of his employees only to find out that he was the only employee of his company.