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 user 2008-01-07 at 12:46:00 pm Views: 33
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    S.AFRICA :Bail denied government ‘fraudsters’
    Pretoria regional court yesterday refused to grant bail to six men
    accused of defrauding suppliers of equipment to the Agricultural
    Department.Department spokesman Steve Galane said the men were arrested
    by the Scorpions following the uncovering of a syndicate which has been
    defrauding suppliers for the past five years.

    The amount of
    money involved is said to run into millions of rands.“The syndicate
    seems to be operating in various areas around the country and makes use
    of fraudulently-generated supply orders, using the name of the
    department,” said Galane.He said the syndicate’s modus operandi was not
    always the same. “Our suppliers were contacted for quotations for the
    delivery of tangible items such as toner cartridges, computers,
    laptops, etc. They were then contacted and issued with a fraudulent
    order for the delivery of the above-mentioned items.“The syndicate will
    contact regional offices of the department under the pretext that they
    are officials from headquarters in Pretoria.“They requested officials
    in the regional offices to accept the goods that were fraudulently
    ordered from suppliers, with the understanding that the goods will be
    distributed in the relevant province,” Galane said.“The syndicate will
    then normally arrange that a courier service pick up the goods whilst
    the supplier is under the impression that the goods have been delivered
    at the offices of the department.”

    He said another scheme that
    is currently being used by the fraudsters involved fraudulent cheques
    being paid into the accounts of suppliers.“Suppliers are then informed
    by means of a fraudulent letterhead of the department that the payment
    made into their bank accounts was meant for another supplier or
    institution.“Suppliers are then requested to electronically transfer
    the amount back into their (fraudsters) bank account,” Galane said.