Eight Arrested in Separate Land City Scams

THE Anti-Corruption Commission last week arrested eight people in connection with fraud at the Windhoek municipality.

The eight – Roberto Bezuidenhout, Fillemon Awaseb, Lucy-Ann De Koe, Desmond Eiseb, Jakob Williams, Ester Shikesho, Popyeni Ndishishi and Godfried Williams – were arrested after a series of investigations involving two separate cases.

According to a statement issued by the ACC, investigations into the case involving two of the suspects – Bezuidenhout and Awaseb – began in November 2012 for alleged corrupt use of a payment certificate and tax invoice.

Both Bezuidenhout and Awaseb were arrested on 3 September 2014 and appeared in court the following day. The two are out of custody on bail of N$15 000 and their case was remanded to 2 October 2014 for the setting of a trial date.

Bezuidenhout was an architect with the City of Windhoek, while Awaseb is a shareholder in the company, Dolam Cleaning and Constructive Services CC, which was contracted by the municipality to construct a playground in Hochland Park.

ACC said a payment certificate and a tax invoice containing details of work not done were processed after N$239 323.49 had been paid by the municipality to Dolam.

The same amount was deposited into Bezuidenhout’s motor vehicle scheme account at the municipality, raising suspicion and leading to the ACC investigation.

The other six – De Koe, Eiseb, Williams, Shikesho, Ndishishi and Williams – were arrested last week and appeared in the Windhoek Magistrates’ Court on 2 September over the sale of 41 erven in Otjomuise valued at N$1 633 000. The investigations on the alleged scam started in July 2013.

The ACC said the six sold erven and provided buyers fraudulent “deeds of sale” documentation. Some of those arrested misrepresented themselves as being disabled to qualify for plots meant for people living with disabilities.

It is alleged that De Koe, a former municipal senior property administrator, received N$185 000 from the deal Eiseb got N$90 000 Ndishishi, a former City Police officer received N$35 000 and Shikesho, an estate agent made N$205 000.

Williams was arrested for fraud after he faked disability when he went to the municipality offices in a wheelchair to apply for Erf 3010 at Otjomuise, while Jacob Williams, an employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, allegedly assisted in the fraud. A seventh unidentified man is also involved in the fraudulent deal involving N$1 118 000.

“The ACC investigated the allegation and on completion of investigations, the case file was forwarded to the office of the Prosecutor General who decided to arraign the accused persons,” says the statement.

De Koe was granted bail of N$60 000, Eiseb bail of N$8 000, Shikesho N$15 000, Jakob Williams bail of N$8 000, Ndishishi bail of N$12 000 and Godfried Williams N$8 000.

Their case was remanded to 17 September 2014 for further investigation.

Source : The Namibian