Former Wits manager arrested in US for allegedly laundering HIV/AIDS funds
The US Office of the Inspector General says South African HIV consultant Dr Eugene Sickle has been arrested in Washington
A former University of the Witwatersrand senior manager has been arrested in the US for alleged money laundering. The university confirmed the former senior manager from the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) was arrested following allegations of misappropriating funds involving about $230‚000. Although the university did not disclose the suspect’s name‚ the US Office of the Inspector General earlier named him as South African HIV consultant Dr Eugene Sickle‚ whom it said had been arrested on Wednesday for money laundering linked to US funding for HIV/AIDS programmes. "Special agents apprehended Dr Sickle in Washington‚ DC‚ for offences committed in relation to USAID-supported HIV/AIDS programmes in SA‚" the US Office of the Inspector General said in a press release. The office monitors US-funded programmes which fall under the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Wits said the alleged irregularities were identified by the WRHI, which embarked on an invest...