Electrician accused of defrauding schools with fake claims

2015-04-09 18:11


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Cape Town - An electrician who allegedly put in false claims for work done at two Western Cape schools, appeared in a Cape Town court on Thursday.

Odwa Owen Nxuseka, 43, of the Mfuleni township on the Cape Flats, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

Legal Aid lawyer Hayley Lawrence told the court she wished to negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutor Simone Liedeman, and Nxuseka, who is out on warning, was told to appear in court again on April 22.

According to the charge sheet, the Western Cape education department appointed Nxuseka’s business, Ono Electrical and Maintenance Services CC, to do emergency repairs at the Disa Primary School in Bishop Lavis where Andrew James is the principal, and at the Elswood Secondary School at Elsies River, where Terrence Hillburgh was the principal at the time.

Although Nxuseka started the work at both schools, between May and July 2012, the State alleges that he failed to complete the jobs.

However, he forged the respective principal’s signatures on each invoice, and submitted the invoices to the education department for payment.

The forged signatures, together with the respective school’s date stamp on each invoice, gave the false impression that the work had been completed satisfactorily, the prosecutor alleges.

As a result, the education department authorised payment of R80 000 for the work “completed” at Elswood, and R136 278 for the work "completed" at Dias.

Nxuseka faces two counts of fraud, two of forgery and two of uttering (the presentation of) a forged document.
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