Msunduzi employee sentenced for overtime claims fraud

2016-07-29 09:54


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Pietermaritzburg - The Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a municipal employee to five years’ imprisonment or a R40 000 fine after he was found guilty of submitting false overtime claims for two years.

Msunduzi municipal employee Reeaz Paruk (44) was sentenced for fraud, forgery and uttering, which happened at his work place.

Paruk was also compelled by the court to pay back the overtime claimed, amounting to R385 102,94 — which will be deducted from the payout of his pension.

Paruk, a foreman at the municipality’s electricity department, was arrested by the Hawks in May after a Msunduzi internal audit unit investigation implicated him in the overtime fraud.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said Paruk submitted the false overtime claims to Msunduzi Municipality from 2013 to 2015.

He was sentenced this week to a R40 000 fine or five years’ imprisonment and an additional five years wholly suspended for five years.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda welcomed the sentence.

“Council welcomes the verdict of the accused. This should be a lesson and serve as a deterrent to all other employees that engage in illegal activities. Crime does not pay and you will be caught out,” Madonda said.


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