Maun govt officer fined for fraud

SHARE   |   Sunday, 13 July 2014   |   By Staff Writer

Maun Chief Magistrate Mompati Taolo fined a 30 year old man P2000 (two thousand pula) and suspended prison sentences for corruption related offences. The accused person, Otsile Modukanele who is a former Assistant Commercial Officer at the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs (Maun) was accused of giving false information to a person employed in the Public Office contrary to section 19 (b) of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act (Cap 08:01) of the Laws of Botswana; Uttering a false document, contrary to Section 348 of the Penal Code (Cap 08:01) of the Laws of Botswana; and Cheating of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 33 as read with Section 36 of the Corruption and Economic Act (Cap 08:05) of the Laws of Botswana. 

During trial it was discovered that the accused person, Modukanele on the 22nd of February 2010 at Maun Revenue Office, knowingly gave false information to Khumoetsile Letsholo working as an Accountant at the said Revenue Office, by purporting that he stayed at Sunset Lodge while on an official trip through submission of false documents and receipts. The accused person further diverted eighty eight Pula sixty five thebe (P88.65) from the revenue office by claiming that he had exceeded the initial One thousand six hundred and fifty pula (P1653.00) and maintained his claim that he resided at Sunset Lodge which at all material time was false. 

The accused pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced to 12 months for giving false information, 12 months for uttering a false document, and 18 months for cheating of public revenue. However, all the sentences were wholly suspended for three years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence again. The P 2000 fine was to be paid on the same day of sentence. He was represented by Wanano Lumbile of Charles Tlagae Attorneys while the State was represented by Chinamo Orateng of the Botswana Police.