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hawksNews24 reports that two former Mpumalanga Hawks officers, who were convicted of fraud, forgery and uttering in connection with the submission of false travel and subsistence claims worth R850, have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment.  

The Middleburg Regional Court sentenced Richard Lekotswane Nkwanyana, 48, and Peter Mathekanyana Molapo, 58, to five and six years behind bars respectively.  Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi indicated:  "The two accused had claimed that they booked into a guesthouse for two nights, yet [the] Hawks' investigations revealed that they only stayed for a single night."  He added that each of them submitted claims of about R850 in 2006 and that the dates on the invoices had been altered.  It emerged during the trial that a letterhead and a special manager's discount had been falsified.  A handwriting expert had also testified and confirmed that the invoices had indeed been forged.  Mulaudzi added that Nkwanyana had separate cases pending against him involving allegations of theft and defeating the ends of justice.

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