Fine for bur­sary fraud

Cape Times - - NEWS - African News Agency

A DEPART­MENT of Health worker who was in charge of is­su­ing bur­saries to stu­dents has been sen­tenced in the Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court af­ter she was found guilty of run­ning a scam that saw her pocket R80 000.

Cap­tain Phi­lani Nk­walase of the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (Hawks) said yes­ter­day the ac­cused, Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe, 44, ap­peared in court on charges of fraud and money laun­der­ing.

Ex­plain­ing how the scam worked, Cap­tain Nk­walase said the ac­cused, who was work­ing for the North­ern Cape Depart­ment of Health, ap­proved ex­tra bur­sary al­lo­ca­tions to stu­dents’ ac­counts in var­i­ous ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Af­ter­wards she con­tacted the in­sti­tu­tions and alerted them of the “over­pay­ment”. The ac­cused then asked the in­sti­tu­tions to trans­fer the ex­tra por­tion of funds back into a bank ac­count. The bank ac­count was in fact hers.

On Tues­day Nqumashe pleaded guilty to all the charges and was fined R50 000, with an al­ter­na­tive of six years im­pris­on­ment for all five counts of fraud. The Hawks said R20 000 of the fine was payable im­me­di­ately, while the bal­ance would be paid in monthly in­stal­ments of R1 500.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the ac­cused was sen­tenced to three years im­pris­on­ment for money laun­der­ing, wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that she pays back R46 736.23 to the depart­ment at a rate of R500 a month.

In an un­re­lated case, Shimi Danny Glaswin Mayaba, 24, Lawrence Ng­cobo, 37, and Jeremiah Assem­bly Ngala, 33, were sen­tenced by Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court for at­tempted theft of a ve­hi­cle.

Picture: PHANDULWAZI JIKELO

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