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Government employee arrested for alleged R80 000 bursary fraud

Sep 4, 2017
Government employee arrested for alleged R80 000 bursary fraud

A Department of Health employee, Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe (44), is again expected in court of the 12th of September after she made a brief court appearance before the Kimberely Magistrate's Court for alleged bursary fraud worth over R80 000. 

Nqumashe, who works for the Northern Cape Department of Health in Kimberley is responsible for the allocation of funds to successful bursary applicants at the Department's student bursary funds office, according to police spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase.

"She allegedly approved extra payments for bursaries to be paid in certain student’s university accounts and thereafter contacted University that the Department paid extra funds by mistake and requests them to pay back part of the extra funds into a specific account which she allegedly used to launder the bursary funds and used it for her personal gain," described Captain Nkwalase.

"The fraudulent incidents allegedly transpired between 2009 until 2014 and a number of students were targeted in the alleged fraudulent activity."

He said that a Hawks investigation on the matter began in 2016, after authorities received a tip-off, about the alleged movement of funds to an individual’s account.  

Nqumashe appeared briefly at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday on several charges of fraud and money laundering.

She was released on R3 000 bail and the case was postponed to 12 September 2017.