City Police officers accused of fraud appear in court

29 Apr 2016 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) – The two City Police officers arrested for soliciting money from members of the public after they contravened road traffic regulations in October 2015, made an appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court Friday.
The two men, Alberto Matheus Miguel, 35, and Andreas Timotheus Andreas Helao, 26, appeared before Magistrate Ilge Rheent, who remanded the case until 01 July for the first accused (Helao) to acquire legal aid.
They were nabbed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after they allegedly solicited N.dollars 3 000 from a member of the public, of which N.dollars 2 500 was paid.
The two allegedly further solicited N.dollars 4 000 from the same person at another occasion.
It is alleged that the complainant was arrested by the two officers on the first occasion when he made a U-turn with his vehicle and was detained at the Windhoek Police Station holding cells.
His vehicle was impounded at a yard belonging to the City Police.
The whistle-blower in question was later released without any charges brought against him. This is when the first payment of N.dollars 2 500 of the requested N.dollars 3 000 was made in order to have the vehicle released.
The two police officials allegedly also requested the whistle-blower to pay N.dollars 5 000 and later reduced the amount to N.dollars 4 000 in order to release the vehicle. It was after this incident that the whistle-blower approached the ACC and a sting operation was set up to clamp down on the fraudulent activities.
They accused persons are out on bail of N.dollars 3 000.