EASTERN CAPE – The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team arrested an attorney, Xolani Polo (52) for alleged charges of fraud yesterday, 08 April 2021.
It is alleged that when Polo was doing his articles with Mbangeleli Attorneys, he was allocated civil claim files to work on. On finishing his articles he went to open his own practice. It is reported that he allegedly stole the files that were allocated to him during the time he did his articles.
On 25 October 2016, Polo presented the files at the State Attorney’s office as his own when submitting claims to the value of R296 113.14 which were successfully paid.
The matter was reported to the Hawks in Mthatha for investigation resulting in his arrest. He is said to have made a short appearance at Mthatha Regional Court where he was released on a R5000 bail. The matter was remanded to 31 May 2021.