Katlehong mechanic convicted for defrauding police

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The police have confirmed that a service provider has been convicted for defrauding the South African Police Service (SAPS).

On Thursday, November 4, the Protea Magistrates Court convicted a fraudster for inflating prices on quotations for vehicle repair parts amounting to R94 255.

“In a period between 2017 and 2018, a Katlehong based mechanic, Bonginkosi Lucas Nkosi (42) fraudulently created fictitious invoices with the Ford dealership letterheads for repairs quotations,” Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu confirmed.

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The matter was reported with the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in Vaal Rand for further investigation. Further investigation revealed that Nkosi inflated pricelist on invoices for the South African Police Service (SAPS) mechanical depot in Diepkloof, Soweto for state vehicles repair parts.

According to police, Nkosi overpriced SAPS a collective amount of R94 255.00 for vehicles repair parts, the money was deposited into his bank account for the stated period.

In September 2019, police served Nkosi with summons to appear in court and he was released on a warning.

“Nkosi pleaded guilty on all counts of fraud during his court appearance. The case has been postponed to 11 November 2021 for sentencing,” said the Hawks spokesperson.

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