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Solly Lazarus joins Mdluli, Barnard in facing fraud charge

The trio is accused of defrauding a secret slush fund for personal gain.

FILE: Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The police's former crime intelligence chief financial officer (CFO) has been added as a third accused in the fraud case against the unit's former boss, Richard Mdluli.

Solly Lazarus has joined Mdluli and another member of the unit, Hein Barnard, in the dock.

The trio is accused of defrauding the so-called secret slush fund for personal gain.

The former crime intelligence CFO handed himself over to the authorities this morning which is why the state did not oppose his bail application.

Lazarus joins his co-accused, Mdluli and Barnard, who are currently out on bail of R2,000 each.

Lazarus has been implicated in numerous counts of fraud, theft and corruption, including claims related to the purchase of business-class plane tickets and property lease agreements.

It's understood the charge sheet against the three accused runs over 60 pages.

The trial is set down for a week in August.

This is now the second case in which Lazarus has been accused of abusing the crime intelligence slush fund for personal gain.