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joburgcityANA reports that eight City of Johannesburg employees were due to appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for allegedly pocketing R2.4 million in fraudulent refunds.  

The employees - six women and two men - were arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) last week Friday.  ''The suspects allegedly created fraudulent letters demanding outstanding refunds from the City of Joburg.  The letters were created using law firms' letterheads and were made to look like they were sent to the municipality on behalf of affected residents.  The employees would then process the refunds and deposit the money to their nominated bank account.  The total value of the loot amounted to R2.4 million,'' said a Hawks spokesman.  The investigation was triggered by an alert from Nedbank to the city's finance department about irregular payments made to a client's bank account in October last year.  Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the number of fraud suspects could rise at the investigation continued.

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