The Directorate for Priority Crie Investigation (DCPI), higher often known as the Hawks, have arrested the Director of an NGO who allegedly defrauded the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).
The man, from Atlantis within the Western Cape, is known to have been positioned in handcuffs and remanded on Friday and can probably spend the weekend behind bars on the very least.
Hawks arrest NGO director
The South African understands that the person was discovered to have fraudulently utilized for reduction funding for some 36 employees of the NGO, however not one of the funds that he efficiently obtained ended up within the fingers of the workers.
Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani stated that the 44-year-old man will seem on the Atlantis Magistrates Court on Monday 14 December, the place he’ll face expenses of fraud.
“The Hawks have arrested a Director of an NGO who allegedly defrauded an undisclosed amount of money in COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme(Ters) funds,” she stated.
“The director allegedly claimed Ters funds from the Department of Labour on behalf of 36 employees who were working for him during the COVID-19 period. It is alleged that the claimed money never reached the pockets of the workers but instead used the money for his own benefit.”
Hawks proceed Ters fraud probes
The late Auditor-General of South Africa, Kimi Makwetu, launched an audit report in August 2020 through which indicators of fraud and double-dipping emerged, significantly, relating to TERS and social grants funds.
Audit work discovered an elevated danger of funds to ineligible beneficiaries, overpayments, underpayments, the invalid rejection of beneficiaries, fraud and double-dipping relating to the funds of UIF TERS and social grants.
The Hawks have continued to probe irregularities and fraud referring to the controversial reduction funding system, having arrested the director of a Limpopo firm in October for allegedly defrauding the UIF reduction fund of over R3 million.
The supervisor allegedly claimed the funds on behalf of greater than 250 former Expanded Public Works Programme employees however by no means paid the money over to them.