Crime intelligence 'fraudsters' in court

Solly Lazarus and Hein Barnard are accused of defrauding a secret slush fund of more than R1m.

Former crime intelligence head Solly Lazarus and his subordinate Hein Barnard are facing charges of theft, fraud and corruption. Picture: RSC Inc

PRETORIA - Former crime intelligence head Solly Lazarus and his subordinate Hein Barnard are expected to reappear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning.

The pair is facing charges of theft, fraud and corruption.

They are accused of defrauding a secret slush fund of more than R1 million.

They last appeared in court on 30 April after requesting to make certain applications to the court.

During another earlier appearance Lazarus and Barnard were ordered not to contact any politician or cabinet minister without informing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Lazarus, a former KwaZulu-Natal policeman, was the unit's head of covert support and chief financial officer who had overseen the R250 million secret service account.

He was arrested earlier in 2012 after he was accused of looting the account.

He and Barnard are currently out on bail of R10,000 each and are on suspension.

Similar charges of fraud and corruption were brought against former head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli, but they were controversially withdrawn.