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Hawks arrest six alleged fuel fraudsters

News in brief - Date: 15 February 2019

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The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit has today arrested six suspects aged between 24 and 37 for alleged fraud and theft.

The group was arrested following a sting operation. Two suspects were arrested at a well-known private company in Louis Trichardt. Shortly afterwards, another four suspects were arrested at a petrol station in Siloam.

According to Hawk spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke, the six suspects were arrested after investigations revealed that between January and October 2018 the six suspects, two drivers and four petrol attendants, allegedly connived and unlawfully used the private company’s fuel cards to refuel their own private vehicles and withdraw cash to bribe the attendants in the process. “The investigation revealed that the company lost approximately R1.8 million from the group’s alleged fraudulent activities,” said Maluleke.

All suspects are expected to appear at the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  “The possibility of more arrest cannot be ruled out,” said Maluleke.

Members of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit arrested six suspects this morning on alleged fuel fraud totalling R1,8 million. Photo: Limpopo Hawks.




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