22 January 2013

Namibia: City Police Superintendent Arrested for Fraud

A CITY Police superintendent was arrested last week and appeared in court yesterday on a charge of fraud regarding his alleged involvement in a traffic ticket scam.

Superintendent Mesag Hailonga, of the City Police Traffic Management Unit, was arrested in Windhoek after he allegedly approached and solicited a N$4 000 bribe from a vehicle owner to make an N$8 100 traffic fine disappear from the system.

"Hailonga was arrested following a tip-off from the vehicle owner. He was arrested on January 15, appeared in court yesterday and has been granted bail of N$5 000. The N$4 000 that the victim paid him was recovered at the time of his arrest. As the City Police, we deem this matter as serious and in no way do we condone unprofessional conduct from our officers," City Police spokesperson Helena Mootseng said at a press conference yesterday.

Hailonga's case was postponed to March 26 for further investigation.

The City Police said it has started with an internal investigation to determine the extent of Hailonga's alleged fraud, and to establish whether there were other officers involved.

Hailonga has served in the City Police for close to 10 years.

In a similar case, the City Police on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with vehicle licence fraud. The suspect is currently in custody and investigations are continuing to find all the clients he allegedly offered forged licences to. "So, it's a matter of time before more arrests are made," said Mootseng. She said the fake licences were produced by modifying the information on the licence disk to indicate that a vehicle had a valid licence although it had not been licensed for more than three years.

"In other words, they simply change the licence expiry date," said Mootseng.

The City Police warned criminals to leave the Windhoek or cease with their illegal activities, as "there is no room for crime in the city".

"Members of the public are cautioned to comply with the law and avoid making themselves guilty of criminal activities as the long arm of the law will catch up with them. If they have information regarding any fraudulent activity or criminal syndicates that operate regarding licensing and other activities, they should not hesitate to contact our toll-free number, 302 302."

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