Health officials denied bail

Health officials denied bail
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Fifteen former and current officials accused of defrauding the Health and Social Services Ministry in the Otjozondjupa region of 8,2 million dollars, have appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court.
The suspects, mainly women and two men, including two accountants, a dentist, nurses, a driver and a cleaner face several charges of fraud.
After their rights were explained to them, the case was postponed to the 13th of October, for the accused to apply for legal representation.
The two accounting officers, Lucresia Matsuis and Genneveva Namboa, are alleged to have been kingpins in the fraudulent scheme that spanned 13 years.
Acting Police Commander, Uataurua Mavenjono, confirmed the arrests to NBC News.
The fraud came to light after a series of internal investigations ordered by former Health Permanent Secretary, Andrew Ndishishi, three-years ago.
The two accountants allegedly deposited several amounts of money ranging from 300 to 15-thousand dollars over that period.
The State objected to bail for the accused for fear that they may interfere with investigations, abscond trial and that it was not in the public interest.
They remain in police custody.