A former police officer who served in the South African police (SAPS) for over 26 years reportedly faced charges of eight counts of fraud and theft by the Vanderbijlpark Regional Court on February 22.
“The Hawks’ serious corruption crime investigation unit’s probe revealed that during 2017 Louis Philipus Benson, 44, fraudulently created sponsorship request letters with a police logo,” the SAPS official said in his statement.
Then he raised funds from several businesses while he was off duty but dressed in uniform in and around the Vaal area. The funds he received were used for his personal gain, which led to a disciplinary procedure and a dismissal from the police in December 2017.
During the trial the defendant pleaded guilty, the court sentenced the ex-officer to six years in prison.
Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya welcomed the verdict and applauded the investigating team.
“It is unacceptable for members to commit fraudulent acts in the name of the service. We urge our members to refrain from getting involved in any corrupt activities as such acts tarnish the reputation of law enforcement agencies,” Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said.