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2022/11/04      |  Written By:  Captain C Singo   |   Province:  Free State

A 48 year old suspect was arrested in Bloemfontein today, 04 November 2022 by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bloemfontein for misuse of state petrol card.

During April 2022, a preliminary audit was conducted at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) offices in Bloemfontein where they discovered certain irregular transactions that were processed at a filing station in Bloemfontein. They discovered that the suspect was using the petrol card to pour diesel in his private vehicle. It is alleged that at the time he was using the petrol card, the vehicle  was at the garage for repair. The suspect is responsible for fleet and asset at the DPP office. The amount of fuel paid for is estimated at more than R100 000. The incident took place during the period of December 2020 until 31 October 2022.

The matter was reported to the Hawks for further investigation which culminated to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is expected to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrates' Court this afternoon where he will be facing charges of fraud.