Fake church minister to appear in court for fraud

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

A 40-year-old bogus church minister was served with summons by the Mthatha based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks on 3 May 2022 for charges of fraud ,forgery and uttering. It is alleged that on 4 August 2016, the suspect submitted a fraudulent matric and a Theology degree certificate when applying for a position of a reverend at Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ross Mission in Mthatha.

Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said it is further alleged that the suspect was subsequently employed by the church. “After his employment, the church forwarded his certificates to its  Head office for verification. It is reported that the certificates were verified as fraudulent.The church members lodged a complaint against the reverend to the authorities.”

Mgolondela said the Hawks investigations revealed that the church was prejudiced cash to the value of more than R80 000 as a result of the salaries paid to the suspect.

He is expected to make his first court appearance in Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 30 May 2022. 

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