Two More Alleged Academic Fraudsters Nabbed

Two more people accused of forging their Grade 12 certificates were recently arrested. Yatileni Fillemon and Pickard Tyson were each granted bail of N$10 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday by Magistrate Justine Asino.

New Era learned that while those arrested earlier got bail of between N$5 000 and N$1 000, these two got heavier bail due to allegations they masterminded the forgery syndicate.

As part of their bail conditions, they are to report every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the police’s commercial unit between 8am and 10am. They should also not leave the district of Windhoek without informing the investigating officer. The matter was remanded to January 30.

Verinao Kamahene represented the State.

The number of people arrested for allegedly forging their Grade 12 certificates now stands at 28 people who were arrested by Nampol officials.

Nine were granted bail of N$1 000, while the rest were granted bail of N$5 000 last month.

Twenty-eight job seekers were arrested on suspicion they submitted fake qualifications from bogus colleges in Zimbabwe in their desperate quest to secure jobs.

Tyson Pickard was recently denied bail. The other accused are Gaseb Nelson Dansy, Hatutale Matheus, Calvin Daniel Khoi-Aob, Muhuka Mbaundja, Ngakareko Tjauira, Phillipus Lazarus, Eufemia Shinana, Willem Matheus, Wilhelm Immanuel Pombili, Sofia Nevonga, Regina Nelumbu, Annely Shilunga, Saima Nakathila, Josefina Iita, Benedicta Stefanus, Eliah Kaiko, David Ndemusuunye Shivinga, Monica Itengula, Paulus Ndara, Gregor Mbanze Sikerete, Samuel Samwel Sem, Nganekwa Linea Ingavenya and Nghaanekwa Lineekela.

Sources informed New Era the police are looking for 200 other suspects with fake grade 12 certificates – among them bogus doctors.

Some of the suspects submitted the fake qualifications to several institutions of higher learning for entrance, while nine used the ‘qualifications’ to secure jobs in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and City Police.

Sources said the suspects informed the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) they obtained their qualifications from colleges in Zimbabwe, which upon inquiry turned out to be bogus.

Source : New Era