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Two NC suspects summoned for fraud, money laundering

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Duo must appear in court in connection with the fraudulent sale of vehicle parts to the value of R1.3 million.

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TWO SUSPECTS have been summoned to appear in the Kimberley Regional Court in connection with the fraudulent sale of vehicle parts to the value of R1.3 million.

Hawks provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said that during November 2012 and December 2013 vehicle parts were allegedly procured from Eagle Motor Spares by an employee of Kimberley AutoZone.

“A satellite office of AutoZone, manned by an employee of the company, was accommodated on the premises of the Kimberley SAPS Garage. All vehicle body parts orders as requested by the SAPS were captured on site,” said Mnisi.

She stated that the parts procured were allegedly delivered by Eagle Motor Spares to the SAPS Garage and paid for by AutoZone.

“During the end of 2013, AutoZone queried the SAPS for non-payment of vehicle body parts that were ordered and delivered. An internal investigation by AutoZone revealed that an amount of approximately R1.3 million was still outstanding on the goods delivered to the SAPS.”

Mnisi said that upon investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team, it was discovered that the employee from AutoZone and the owner of Eagle Motor Spares had allegedly colluded to defraud AutoZone

“In terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the Hawks seized two vehicles from the suspects that were later sold at an auction for R135 592. The money was deposited into the Criminal Asset Recovery Account fund.”

Both suspects, aged 34 and 39 years, have been summoned to appear in the Kimberley Regional Court on October 14 for alleged fraud and money laundering.