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Hawks arrest another man linked to illicit licensing scheme in the Cape

TMG Digital | 2016-12-01 09:50:19.0
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The Hawks reported another arrest linked to the illicit licensing scheme which “resulted in the arrest of Elton Abrahams‚ 33‚ and the seizure of approximately R3.7- million in cash” last month.

A statement said a 47-year-old senior traffic official had been nabbed on Wednesday morning in De Aar.

“The arrest follow multifaceted investigations into the alleged illegal licensing scheme which focused on processing roadworthy certificates particularly for big trucks and buses‚” said Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

“He is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Friday alongside Abrahams to face charges involving fraud and corruption.”

Abrahams was arrested by the Hawks in November at his Belhar home for allegedly running an illicit licensing and police clearance business.

The Hawks originally said that R5.3-million had been seized in the raid but the figure was revised to around R3.7-million. Various identify documents and two cars were also seized in the raid.

Ramovha said at the time that investigations into Abrahams' alleged operations has started in August. The Hawks worked in conjunction with the Department of Transport.

“The scope of the investigation is vast. We can not rule out more arrests‚” said Ramovha.

State prosecutor‚ Max Orban‚ said the man allegedly also issued roadworthy certificates to vehicles which failed roadworthy tests.

"At this stage we are looking at corruption and‚ possibly later‚ money laundering [in relation to the seized cash]‚" said Orban.

- TMG Digtial/The Times

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