Police officer sentenced for sponsorship fraud

South African Police Service

Police officer sentenced for sponsorship fraud
Police officer sentenced for sponsorship fraud

A 44 year old former police officer Louis Philipus Benson who had been in the South African Police Service for over twenty six years was convicted on eight counts of fraud and theft by the Vanderbijlpark Regional Court on Friday 22 February 2019.

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Crime Investigation Unit’s probe revealed that during 2017, Benson fraudulently created sponsorship request letters with a police logo. He then collected funds from various businesses whilst off duty but dressed in police uniform in and around the Vaal Rand area. He used the proceeds for personal gain which lead to a disciplinary procedure and a dismissal from the police in December 2017.

The court has sentenced the former Warrant Officer after he pleaded guilty to six years imprisonment which is wholly suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of theft or fraud during the period of suspension.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the conviction and applauded the investigating team. “It is unacceptable for members to commit fraudulent acts in the name of the service. We urge our members to refrain from getting involved in any corrupt activities as such acts tarnished the reputation of law enforcement agencies.”

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service