In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, June, 2020

Man Goes Takes Girlfriend On Spending-Spree After Defrauding South African Authorities Of N128m (Photograph)

Man Goes Takes Girlfriend On Spending-Spree After Defrauding South African Government Of N128m (Photo)


Tshepang Phohole took his girlfriend and household on a spending spree


In South Africa, a fraudulent Unemployment Insurance coverage Fund (UIF) fee has resulted in a packer at a paint warehouse turning into an instantaneous millionaire.


Tshepang Phohole acquired a 5.7 million rands (128 million naira) payout from the UIF which was purported to go to 1,400 employees for lockdown aid. As an alternative, he and his household allegedly defrauded the state and went on an enormous spending spree. The UIF fee was initially meant to go to CSG Assets, a labour brokerage firm, however as an alternative, the funds landed up in Phohole’s account.


Thobile Lamati, the director-general of the labour division knowledgeable parliament’s standing committee on public accounts on Friday that Phohole created a brand new profile as an employer utilizing CSG’s UIF quantity and entered his personal banking particulars into the system. “When the corporate tried to entry the system, they had been blocked. They then requested a brand new password and got entry. They uploaded their staff, however neglected the modified banking particulars,” he mentioned.


On the day that the cash was paid into Phohole’s account, he transferred the cash into a lot of completely different ones based on courtroom paperwork. R1-million to his father Godfrey Mojela, R980 000 to his sister Itumeleng Masoko, R2.Three-million to his brother-in-law Tebogo Masoko and R1.25-million to Taetso Zulu. The next 2 days noticed the cash being exchanged between the accounts. This was an try to obfuscate the supply of the funds and confuse investigators.

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Courtroom papers reveal that the household used the funds to purchase new tombstones for late members of the family and to renovate a restaurant.


His mom, Meisie Mojela, described him as a “good boy” who was caring and compassionate – and who had by no means earlier than discovered himself on the fallacious facet of the regulation.



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