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Five face 144 fraud charges

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The proposals were then submitted for allowance, where the other accused would receive payment for services never rendered.

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FIVE people, including a former employee of the Master of the High Court Office in the city, are expected to apply for bail in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court after they were arrested on charges of fraud and money laundering.

The five suspects – Michael Mogoje, Ditsame Kgobetsi, Fikile Makoti, William Modumo and Loraine Lester – are facing 144 charges after they were arrested for alleged fraudulent claims made at the Kimberley Master’s Office of the High Court.

It is alleged that Mogoje, who was employed as a senior administrative clerk at the Master’s Office of the Northern Cape High Court, assisted his four co-accused to claim funds from the Guardian Fund by apparently compiling proposals for allowance forms on behalf of the other accused, indicating that they had rendered services to beneficiaries or guardians of the beneficiaries. The proposals were then submitted for allowance, where the other accused would receive payment for services never rendered.

The suspects were arrested during a joint operation between the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit, the Kimberley K9 unit and the Kimberley Flying Squad on Tuesday.

According to the provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, Nomthadazo Mnisi, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria received a complaint in August 2015 regarding fraudulent claims made at the Kimberley Master of the High Court office in August 2015.

Mnisi said that the department had suffered a loss of more than R850 000.