A 64-year-old company owner and director suspected of defrauding the UIF’s Covid-19 Temporary Workers (Ters) Assistance Scheme is scheduled to appear in Bellville’s Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.
The Blackheath-based company was hit by the hard lockdown in March 2020 and its 15 employees were without income for around a month. They returned to work when the lockdown eased to a less stringent level.
“The company manager reportedly applied for Covid-19 ters that even covered the period that employees had returned to work . The company received an unduly paid payment of R205,695.45,” said Hawks spokesman Lt. Col. Philani Nkwalase.
Nkwalase said few employees reportedly received the requested funds for the period of the store closure , while others are not paid. The matter was reported to authorities by the Department of Employment and Labor for Criminal Investigations, which led to the arrest of the company director.
“The money was later returned to the department, but a criminal complaint was filed. ”
Nkwalase said the Hawks subpoenaed the man to appear in court with his company, a legal entity.