Hawks security official arrested for fraud, Bellville

South African Police Service

Hawks security official arrested for fraud, Bellville
Hawks security official arrested for fraud, Bellville

A former Hawks’ security, Phelisa Lande (45) who submitted fake matric certificate for employment at the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Bellville has been fined R5000.

This was after the Bellville Magistrate Court found Lande who is no longer employed by the Directorate guilty on two (2) counts of fraud after pleading guilty.

This comes after a warrant of arrest was issued for the accused on 8 August 2022 by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation team in Bellville for falsifying her qualifications.

Lande made her first appearance in the Bellville Magistrates’ court on 10 August 2022 on a charge of fraud and was subsequently released on a R1000 bail.

It is reported that in October 2021, there was a post advertised for Security official in the Hawks offices in Bellville. When she applied for the said position, the accused allegedly submitted a fraudulent matric certificate, which was one of the requirements for the post.

As a result, the accused was appointed as a Security official in Bellville, Western Cape office where she occupied the post on the 1 April 2022.

Upon noticing the suspicious certificate, the Hawks’ vetted the qualifications with the Department of Education to verify the authenticity of the certificate.

It was during this process that the allegation of fraud was discovered and further investigation revealed that the accused submitted the same qualification on her previous employment where she was employed as a security officer.

Lande, pleaded guilty on two counts of fraud and was sentenced to R5000 or 5 months direct imprisonment of which was wholly suspended for 5 years.

The State withdrew two charges of contravening the provisions of Section 20 of the Security Industry Regulations Act 56 of 2001.

The Hawks Provincial Head of the Western Cape, Major General Mathipa Makgato commended the team for their meticulous investigation that led to the sentence. Major General Makgato further concluded by saying, “I hope this conviction will serve as a warning to others who will attempt to commit similar crimes”.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service