Beaufort West municipal official jailed for fraud

2016-03-22 20:03
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Durban - The National Prosecuting Authority has welcomed the sentencing of a senior Beaufort West municipal official and his cohort on charges of fraud.

Charlton Ruben Olivier, the Beaufort West Municipal Superintendent of Waste Management, was found to have fraudulently channeled nearly R300 000 to service provider Roberto Hector Simpson.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said that the two had been sentenced to six years imprisonment, two years of which were suspended for five years.

Between January 19, 2009 and August 30, 2010, Olivier authorised payments to Simpson amounting to R283 070 for work that was supposedly done by the service provider.

Ntabazalila said that the municipality launched an investigation after noticing irregular payments.

"It was discovered that work was not done, but payment was made to the service provider. Secondly, work was done by municipal workers, but the service provider was paid for the said work," he said.

"Further investigation by the municipality indicated that Simpson was paid for the work and the payments were authorised by Olivier. Olivier was confronted with findings and he insisted that Simpson did the work for which he was paid."

Ntabazalila went on to say that during the investigation, the name of Sarel V Vervoer came out as a losing bidder, as three quotations were needed for the job.

"On inquiry... the owner of Sarel V Vervoer, denied providing quotations for the jobs, even though his letterhead appeared on the quotations. Olivier was arrested and his computer and hard drive were confiscated.

"Images of quotations with the letterhead of Sarel V Vervoer were discovered, meaning the letters were drafted from Olivier's computer," he said.

"The convictions and sentences reflect the Western Cape DPP's zero-tolerance approach to corruption and particularly corruption committed by government officials."

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