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Man in court for licence fraud

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“He allegedly issued driving and learner’s licences to applicants without subjecting them to the mandatory tests"

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A NORTHERN Cape man appeared in the Carnarvon Regional Court on charges of fraud and corruption for allegedly issuing driving and learner’s licences in exchange for money.

Deon Skippers, 44, made his first appearance on Friday and is facing charges of fraud and corruption.

According to Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi, the suspect worked as a traffic examiner at the Kareeberg Municipality testing centre in Carnarvon.

“He allegedly issued driving and learner’s licences to applicants without subjecting them to the mandatory tests. He would then ask that money be deposited into his personal bank account,” Mnisi said.

Skippers, who was granted
R5 000 bail, is not the first to be arrested for this type of crime in the area.

Mnisi said that nine other suspects – including John May, 46, Moeneeeb Gaiden, 38, Marc Solomon, 34, Makka Edmund, 48, Henrico Blaauw, 46, Cheslin Laubser, 38, Mathebula Bernard, 26, and Solly Kordom, 54 – were found guilty of fraud and corruption in 2016 and were each sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

Skippers’ case has been postponed until July 1.

In an unrelated case, three suspects appeared in the Carnarvon Regional Court in 2018 for fraud relating to driving licences bought from a local traffic examiner.

Mnisi said at the time that the suspects were alleged to have bought driving licences, fraudulently amounting to R2 000 each, from the traffic examiner at Carnarvon Traffic Department in 2016.