East London businessman in court for swindling R600k from EMS


A 50-year East London businessman accused of defrauding the provincial Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) out of R600 000, made a brief appearance in the city’s Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after being arrested not long before.

In a statement, police spokesperson Anelisa Feni said Shaun Raymond Sam was arrested by the Hawks at his home in Beacon Bay after an investigation determined that his company, Masakhane Sales & Marketing CC, conned the EMS out of the aforementioned amount in order to win tenders between 2005 and 2008.

Feni said Sam is facing a single charge of fraud and 60 other counts of forgery and uttering. He also stated that eight other companies who also defrauded the EMS would appear before the court in due course.