Three Municipal staff members have appeared in the Belville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for allegedly committing fraud related to prepaid electricity.

A Cape Town couple Butch and Francisca Green, as well as Johannes Williams were arrested by the Hawks last week, following the more than half a million-rand fraud.

Hawks spokesperson, Lloyd Ramovha says the suspects are expected back in court on December the 11th to face more than a thousand charges.

“It’s alleged that for a period of a year, starting in January 2015 the accused, who worked at the Drakenstein Municipality in Paarl, allegedly sold prepaid electricity for cash to the public at a cheaper rate. In the same period they allegedly colluded and produced illegal replacement prepaid electricity tokens. This was done on the system to disguise their unlawful activities. The Municipality reportedly lost approximately 600 thousand as a result.”