Hawks swoop in and arrest 5 suspects linked to R5.7m UIF fraud

Hawks swoop in and arrest 5 suspects linked to R5.7m UIF fraud

- The Hawks have arrested 5 individuals linked a R5.7 million Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) fraud case

- The suspects cannot be named until they trial but police have revealed that 3 men and 2 women have been arrested

- This is part of an investigation in which the Asset Forfeiture Unit secured a R3.2 million preservation order

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Hawks officials raided several houses in Pretoria early on Saturday morning and arrested 5 suspects linked to the R5.7 million UIF fraud case.

Their identities cannot be revealed until they stand trial. Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale did reveal that 2 women and 3 men were arrested between the ages of 25 and 68 according to TimesLive.

“This is following an intensive investigation into a case registered at Brooklyn SAPS relating to the Unemployment Insurance Fund Covid-19 relief. The suspects were traced to various residences in Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi,” she said.
“Five vehicles, including a Range Rover Evoque, were recovered from the scenes as well as other items suspected to have been bought with the monies which weren't meant for the suspects,” she added.

Last month, Briefly.co.za reported that the Asset Forfeiture Unit had secured a R3.2 million preservation order as part of an investigation in UIF fraud.

Hawks swoop in and arrest 5 suspects linked to R5.7m UIF fraud

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R5.7 million, which was meant for 1 400 workers, was paid into the wrong account.

The Hawks started an investigation into the incident and traced the money to numerous bank accounts as it was transferred in an effort to confuse invesitgators.

In other news, Briefly.co.za, reported that The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) keeps going from one crisis to another during this lockdown period.

A retired bus driver reportedly received R4.7 million in Covid-19 relief funds meant for 1 000 of his former colleagues.

The 65-year-old man from Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria retired from Unitrans last December. The retired bus driver was shocked when the staggering amount landed in his bank account.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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