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joburgcityTimesLive reports that a City of Johannesburg operational manager at the refunds unit of the revenue department was arrested on Wednesday by the Hawks in connection with a R28m revenue refunds scam.  

It is alleged that the employee defrauded the City of about R900,000‚ which was paid in two transactions to a certain company and then into his account.  Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said three people handed themselves over to the Hawks on Wednesday in connection with the same case.  The suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday on charges of theft‚ fraud and corruption.  The four arrested suspects join 14 suspects who were arrested in August in connection with fraudulent refunds.  Thirteen of the 18 suspects are City officials.  The investigation by the Hawks has revealed that the suspects in the case defrauded the City of R28m by claiming fraudulent refunds purported to be on behalf of property owners.  In some instances the property owners colluded with the officials to inflate refunds due to them.

Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at TimesLive

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