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Former bookkeeper arrested for Covid-19 UIF Relief Funds related fraud and theft allegations
2021/08/27

 

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)

GAUTENG – The Durban Magistrates Court heard yesterday how the Umhlanga based theft accused, Lindelani Pert Gumede (38) unlawfully benefited from the Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Relief Funds of approximately R11 million.

It is alleged that between May 2020 and March 2021, Gumede submitted fraudulent documents to claim the UIF relief funds of approximately R11 183 526 million under four bakeries based in Gauteng. Further investigation revealed that Gumede was a private bookkeeper consultant for the four bakeries he allegedly defrauded.

A warrant of arrest was issued for his apprehension which led the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in Germiston to execute the warrant in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal on Wednesday, 25 August.

Amongst other seized items during Gumede’s apprehension, police seized luxurious vehicles and land allegedly bought with proceeds of crime.

Hawks’ Priority Crime Specialised Investigation has secured a preservation order for Gumede’s financial and assets for further exploration.

Gumede appeared in court yesterday facing charges of fraud and theft. He was remanded in custody pending investigation. The case is postponed to Tuesday, 31 August 2021 for formal bail application in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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