Swazi fraud suspects' assets frozen

2012-04-17 22:26

Johannesburg - The assets of two people accused of defrauding the government of Swaziland have been frozen, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday.

The Swazi ministry of health and social welfare asked auditing firm KPMG to investigate allegations of fraud, theft and money laundering against the two, NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said in a statement.

One of the suspects, a nurse, allegedly submitted false medical claims, for which the ministry paid about R4.6m into three Absa bank accounts.

One account was held by the nurse, while the other two belonged to her relative.

A townhouse in Northcliff, Johannesburg, was allegedly bought with R1.6m of the proceeds.

It was believed that the bank accounts and property were used as a means of money laundering, Simasiku said.

It was expected that the two would be arrested soon for allegedly contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

- SAPA
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