Hammanskraal pensioner nabbed for UIF fraud

Hammanskraal pensioner nabbed for UIF fraud

A 62-year old pensioner was arrested on Sunday by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation in Hammanskraal for alleged fraud and theft linked to the UIF COVID-19 Temporary Employer and Employee Relief Scheme (Ters). 

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The man was arrested after he allegedly pocketed at least R4.7 million allocated to employees of a certain company. 

It is understood the suspect worked for the same company and allegedly used the same reference number from his previous employers to apply for his UIF payout. 

“It was later found after numerous enquiries by the company that the money was actually paid but was redirected to the suspect’s account,” says Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi. 

“A case was registered and almost R4.6 million has already been recovered. He allegedly used almost R100 000 on himself.” 


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This brings the number of people arrested linked to UIF Ters to 14.  

Some of the suspects are out on bail while the 62-year-old Hammanskraal pensioner will be charged with fraud alternatively theft and money laundering. 

He is expected to appear in the Pretoria Specialised commercial crime on Monday. 

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