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Joburg rates fraud more than R10m

2012-07-27 09:29

Johannesburg - A probe into a rates scam allegedly operating in the City of Johannesburg indicated that fraud was higher than an initial estimate of R10m, according to a report on Friday.

The Business Day reported that Roslynn Greef, a member of a mayoral committee on urban management, said on Thursday that those responsible would face dismissal and arrest.

It was believed some city officials pocketed money paid in exchange for legitimate services, and issued landlords with fraudulent receipts. The receipts were, however, entered into the City's records as valid transactions.

While some landlords were unaware of the illicit nature of the transaction, it was believed others knew the money was not reaching the municipality.

Greef said the City had "moved backwards" but it was taking a zero-tolerance approach to resolve the problem.

The report also called for "mitigation measures... to avoid the recurrence of such an incident".

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Comments
  • rich.burnett.3 - 2012-07-27 09:43

    Perhaps you can pay us our refunds now, 3 yrs and counting !!!

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-07-27 10:01

    Accounting 101 - reconcilliation of accounts on a monthly base Sorry, I forgot, they can not read They will not worry about losing their jobs, they will just be re-deployed

  • ivan.schoultz - 2012-07-27 10:42

    Their evaluations dept. says nobody owns my property, and it is valued at R0.00 ... , yet their accounts dept. regularly sends me an excessively overpriced bill every month and charges me interest on fraudulent fees ... so where do they get these illegally invented numbers from???

  • rodney.overes - 2012-07-27 10:52

    CORRUPTION Anything they say multiply by 20 as it is only the TIP of the ICEBERG

  • ashne.segal - 2012-07-27 10:55

    I want to see the zero- tolerance!

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-27 11:04

    Steal enough get fired. I would'nt stress if steal 10 million and get fired anyway my work span cannot pay that. this is a good stealing.

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-27 12:36

    There needs to be a follow up on such stories by the papers. They publish the amount of fraud/corruption stories, would be nice to see a follow up on specific story, how much was recovered, who was charged and the results of those cases. Then this could be used from year to year to see has this type of fraud decreased and is there really a zero tolerance policy.

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