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Fraud dockets pile up

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The fraud cases include government tender fraud, online scams, tax fraud, forgery, fake marriages, citizenship and identity fraud.

The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) is tackling 2 158 fraud dockets involving more than R182 billion from the previous financial year, the unit’s boss, Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, said yesterday.

Speaking at the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators conference held in Johannesburg, Lebeya said limited financial crime investigators had an impact on the work of the Hawks. Staff capacity at the Hawks was at 2 500, including administrative officers who do not do investigative work. At least 1 700 of the personnel were investigators.

“At least 3 558 accused persons with 15 077 counts of fraud were convicted. During the same period, the greater SA Police Service received 73 861 cases of fraud,” he said.

The fraud cases include government tender fraud, online scams, tax fraud, forgery, fake marriages, citizenship and identity fraud, and the illegal hunting of endangered species.