Top cops used secret fund for SUVs, debts

2012-12-12 10:34
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 Pretoria - A crime intelligence secret slush fund was allegedly used by two top officials to settle private debts and make purchases for family members.

This has emerged in the fraud case against the unit’s chief financial officer major-general Solly Lazarus and colonel Hein Barnard who currently were out on bail, reported Eyewitness News.

Lazarus apparently used the fund to settle debts for friends and colleagues, buying a car for his daughter, two off-road motorbikes for his son and an SUV for himself.

He also drew cash cheques and paid it into his personal account.

Barnard was accused of buying a 4x4 with money defrauded from the police’s crime intelligence department.

Top cops and former government officials apparently also benefited from the fund but later turned on their benefactors and became part of the State’s case against the accused.

The men are facing charges of theft, fraud and corruption for over R1m.

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