Teacher faces court case over R1 million 'ghost students' scam

Teacher faces court case over R1 million 'ghost students' scam

The Hawks have arrested an Oudtshoorn teacher who is suspected to have defrauded the government of nearly R1 million. The 42-year-old allegedly registered 'ghost learners' to gain financial benefits.

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A teacher has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the Western Cape government of about R1 million.

The 42-year-old Oudtshoorn teacher allegedly registered 'ghost students' during her time as a teacher and manager at various different learning centres, reports The Citizen.

By registering these extra students, the number of actual students was inflated and the teacher, identified as Tasmyn Dorothy, financially benefited.

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Philani Nkwalase, Hawks spokesperson, said:

"It is alleged that between January 2010 and 2013, Dorothy, who worked as a teacher and a manager at different learning centres around Oudtshoorn, registered ghost learners, thereby inflating the actual numbers of registered students in order to gain financial benefits from the Western Cape department of education, which consequently lost R946,538 from her illegal activities."

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Briefly.co.za gathered from a report by DispatchLIVE that the teacher was released on bail of R2 500 and she will appear in court again on the 6th of September.

The matter will be transferred to the regional court.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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