Former municipal officer arrested on fraud and corruption charges

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The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team have made a successful arrest of a former municipal officer on corruption and fraud charges.

The suspects both aged 55 years include a former Mossel Bay Municipal officer.

It is alleged between May and December 2016 the former Street and Storm Water Department Manager colluded with a service provider and authorised an undue payment for work that was never done. The said company was awarded a tender to fix potholes as well as drainage systems, subsequently a probe by the Hawks established firstly that they underquoted to gain competitive advantage over other bidders.

This criminal act saw the municipality losing R1.6 million for bogus work.

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