N Cape health of­fi­cial fined for bur­sary fraud

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A NORTH­ERN Cape De­part­ment of Health em­ployee has been sen­tenced in the Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court af­ter be­ing found guilty of fraud and money laun­der­ing amount­ing to more than R80 000.

Lindiwe Cyn­thia Nqumashe, 44, was work­ing for the provin­cial De­part­ment of Health when she ap­proved ex­tra bur­sary al­lo­ca­tions to stu­dents’ ac­counts at var­i­ous ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. She then con­tacted the in­sti­tu­tions and in­structed them to trans­fer the ex­tra por­tion of funds back into her per­sonal ac­count. The money was used for her per­sonal gain.

Nqumashe pleaded guilty on all charges and was fined R50 000, with an al­ter­na­tive six years im­pris­on­ment, for all five counts of fraud. A to­tal of R20 000 of the fine is payable im­me­di­ately, while R30 000 will be paid in R1 500 monthly in­stal­ments.

Ad­di­tion­ally, she was sen­tenced to three years im­pris­on­ment for money laun­der­ing, which is wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that she pays back R46 736.23 to the De­part­ment of Health in R500 monthly in­stal­ments.

In an­other sep­a­rate an un­re­lated mat­ter, Shimi Danny Glaswin Mayaba, 24, Lawrence Ng­cobo, 37, and Jeremiah As­sem­bly Ngala, 33, were also sen­tenced in the Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court on a charge of fraud in­volv­ing R597 880.

They were in­ter­cepted by the Hawks while busy with the fraud­u­lent pur­chase of a ve­hi­cle at a prom­i­nent car dealer in Kim­ber­ley. - Norma Wilden­boer

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