BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed that the Hawks in North West are looking for a Bogus lawyer named Lucas Luthi.
As informed, the name could be a false name and the man has been representing suspects in court.
SAPS related that Luthi, between April and May 2016 paraded himself as a lawyer at the Taung Magistrate Court.
“He proceeded to represent an accused before the Magistrate court on a fee which was paid to him in cash.
“On 30 May 2017, he represented yet another accused who was appearing for a bail application on a murder case. During the court proceedings, Luthi was called to the chambers by the Magistrate who asked him to present a Letter of Appearance from National Attorneys Roll and also his qualifications.
“The bogus lawyer informed the Magistrate that he is fetching the documents from the car. However, that was the last time he was seen in Taung,” SAPS narrated.
Now, the Hawks are calling on South Africans with information about the whereabouts of the suspect to contact the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel DA Myburgh at 082 492 4 36.
Alternatively, you can contact Warrant Officer Motlhaoleng of DPCI Klerksdorp Serious-Corruption Offence at 071 481 2696.
Meanwhile, Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit brought charges of fraud and contravention of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA) against senior officers at Gasegonyane Municipality.
From our gatherings, the officials were arrested through (J175) court summons. While a 64-year-old senior officer working with the municipality was arrested last week, another former senior employee (39) was arrested on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.
The arrests follow Hawks investigations which revealed some irregularities dating back to September 2012 during the process of selecting a service provider for the municipality.
They were arrested after it was found that the company that won the tender bid, submitted invalid documents.
“The company was contracted for three years and received a total of R9 800 000-00 paid out in monthly instalments for the service rendered.
“Consequently, two senior company officers were also charged with various counts of fraud,” SAPS disclosed.