The Roads Fund Administration (RFA) has given a detailed account of how the K10 million tollgate fraud was done saying culprits used duplicate receipts to beat the system.
RFA director of finance Alex Makhwatha has told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament that the fraud centred around K4000 and K5000 vehicle paying classes 2, 3, and 4.
In the fraud, tollgate collectors classified the K4000 and K5000 paying vehicles as K1000 paying vehicles, classified as class 1B and exploited the duplicate receipt functionality of the tollgate payment system.
He said the culprits pocketed the difference from K4000 (K3000 difference) and K5000 (K4000 difference) after indicating to have collected K1000 on the receipt.
Makhwatha said the operators printed receipts in duplicates and issued receipts meant for one vehicle to two different vehicles of similar categories.
Meanwhile, RFA chief executive officer Stewart Malata says the duplicate receipt functionality has been disabled.
The audit uncovered that 20 out of 29 toll fees collectors were involved in the fraud, eight from Chingeni and 12 from Kalinyeke. The fraud’s amounts range from K60,000 to about K1.5 million per individual.