Pair appear in court for R6 million fraud

MPUMALANGA � Nkosinathi Mbombi (45), and Elizabeth Zitha (60), appeared in Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday for allegedly defrauding the provincial Department of Education approximately R 6million in a bogus school feeding scheme.

It is alleged that in 2011 the accused submitted several fraudulent invoices to the Department of Education for services intended for a National School Nutritional Programme which were never rendered. The matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation Unit for investigations leading to the pair being served with summons on 22 March 2018 to appear in court.

Mbombi who is an employee of the Department of Health was allegedly instrumental in recruiting owners of various companies to submit these invoices. The money was allegedly deposited into the said businesses accounts as well as individual accounts and was subsequently withdrawn and shared amongst the syndicate. Zitha who was one of the business owners allegedly failed to disclose the money paid to her.

The accused were released on a warning with strict conditions. They are expected back in court on 04 June 2018 to face more than 37 counts of fraud, theft and money laundering.

Source: South African Police Service

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