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Trial date set for crime intelligence fraud accused

Solly Lazarus and Hein Barnard are accused of fraud worth more than R300,000.

FILE: Solly Lazarus and Hein Barnard are accused of fraud worth more than R300,000. Picture: RSC Inc

PRETORIA - The fraud trial against former Chief Financial Officer of the Crime Intelligence Unit, Solly Lazarus, has been set down for two days in July.

The matter was postponed in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Lazarus and his co-accused Hein Barnard are accused of fraud worth more than R300,000.

Prosecutor Andrea Johnson told the court that the state has handed over an additional three witness statements, a forensic report and several annexures.

Lazarus and Hein are now scheduled to go on trial on 2 - 3 July.

The pair are accused of channelling funds through a crime intelligence slush fund that was used to buy cars and other luxuries.

The police fired Lazarus last year following an internal disciplinary hearing while Barnard remains on suspension.

It's understood Lazarus still has ties former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli and may hold key evidence related to his alleged corruption.

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