Figure revised in top cops fraud case

2013-07-17 14:08

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Pretoria - The amount two senior police officers are accused of stealing from a crime intelligence fund has been reduced, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Crime intelligence unit chief financial officer Major General Solly Lazarus and the unit's head of logistics Colonel Hein Barnard would now face charges relating to the alleged theft of R370 000.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel submitted the revised figure to the court.

Both were suspended and charged with theft, fraud, and corruption initially involving R1.1m.

Bail conditions

The two said, through their lawyer, they would seek to have part of their bail conditions reviewed on Wednesday.

They wanted the charges broken down into individual offences, a move Nel opposed. He said the charges were related, even though they were committed on different occasions over a lengthy period.

"We have one fraudulent action but the same role players."

The matter would resume later on Wednesday after an adjournment.

On April 11, Lazarus and Barnard were ordered to not contact or discuss the case with politicians or Cabinet members. They were granted bail of R10 000 each in December.

In 2011, the unit's former head Richard Mdluli was also charged with fraud and corruption following alleged misuse of the unit's funds.

Mdluli allegedly used the money to purchase luxury vehicles. The charges against him were later withdrawn.

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