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Hawks investigator sentenced

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The court did not extend his bail and he was ordered to stay in custody until his sentencing

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A HAWKS investigator, Captain Stefanus Nicolaas van Rooi, 51, was yesterday sentenced in the Springbok Regional Court to 12 months’ imprisonment with the option of a R20 000 fine for fraud and money laundering.

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit arrested Van Rooi on October 5 2017 following a probe into allegations that he falsely claimed for subsistence and incidental costs allowance to attend to one of his case’s court proceedings in Prieska even though he never undertook the said trip.

The Hawks’ investigations revealed that Van Rooi forged an invoice from a bed and breakfast where he was meant to stay for a night and as a result the SAPS had paid R794 into his account, which he used for personal gain.

The Springbok Regional Court convicted Van Rooi on Monday on a count of fraud and another for money laundering. The court did not extend his bail and he was ordered to stay in custody until his sentencing yesterday.

Van Rooi has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for each count with the option of
R20 000 fine. Both sentences have been ordered to run concurrently.

In addition, the State also successfully brought the application of section 18 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act relating to the money that he unduly claimed for. Internal disciplinary processes are to be instituted following the successful prosecution.

The national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, has expressed his disappointment in the officer’s conduct.

“It is disappointing that some officers still involve themselves in criminal activities. We hope this serves to remind those within our ranks to refrain from unlawful conduct”, he said.