Policeman jailed for fraud

2019-04-03 06:01

Former Bloemfontein police officer Teboho Japhta Mohapi (42) will swap the blue uniform for the orange uniform of prison after he was convicted of fraud.

The Bloemfontein Specialised Commercial Crime Court convicted and sentenced Mohapi to six years imprisonment on Tuesday, 26 March.

The fraudster held the rank of Warrant Officer and was attached to the Navalsig Police Station in Bloemfontein.

Mohapi was convicted of four counts of fraud after the court found him guilty for defrauding crime intelligence of R38 000.

Investigation revealed he committed the crimes from January to September 2016.

The court heard that Mohapi would get crime related information from his informers, and thereafter lodge a claim for the informer to be paid from the secrete account. According to findings, Mohapi would, for instance, claim R10 000 but instead pay the informer just R4 000. Then he would inform the informer that the difference of R6 000 was for another informer who also provided him with the same information.

Phaladi Shuping, Free State National Prosecution Authority spokesperson, said the findings revealed Mohapi would how­­­e­ver, keep the R6 000 he claimed was for the other informant. He was subjected to investigation by the Hawks after the informer reported him to the police.

“It was revealed that he was keeping some of the money for himself. His dishonesty led to the termination of his employment by the police,” he said.

“The only appropriate sentence the court could impose is a direct term of imprisonment”, said State Prosecutor, Adv. Mvuseni Ponye.

Magistrate Vogens agreed with the prosecutor that imprisonment was a suitable punishment for the disgraced police officer. The court has suspended two years of the sentence for four years on condition Mohapi is not found guilty of a similar offence during the suspension.


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