Tebogo Msimanga |
A 39 years old fraudster is expected to appear before the Bethal Magistrate Court after he was served with summons by the Secunda Hawks based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation on Thursday, 14 July 2022 for fraud of over R1 million.
Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said it is alleged that on 05 January 2021 a case of fraud was opened by the complainant Dr Precious Gcinile Mnisi and her husband Dr Sandile Ignitius Nkumane. “The complainant and her husband met the suspect who informed them about his investment business and encouraged them to invest. They signed an investment agreement on 28 August 2020, which stipulated that the investors have provided the contract holder with financial assistance by EFT method amounting to R85 000.00 to receive R302, 472.00 in returns on/before 30 September 2020”.
Sekgotodi said after the contracts were signed, the couple made EFT payments into the suspect’s FNB account. The complainants made several transfers into the suspect’s account in September 2020 which resulted in him paying them R100 000. “The complainant then transferred R350 000 in October 2020 which was paid R150 0000 in return by the suspect. The complainant again deposited R490 000 in two bank transfers in late October 2020. The complainants also transferred R790 000 over the December 2020 period”.
With the returns not being transferred back to her account, the complainant became suspicious that she might have been swindled and enquired from the suspect. The suspect then is reported to have sent her proof of payment from his FNB account dated 08 January 2021 to the amount of R3, 910 000.00 (three million nine hundred and ten thousand rand). The suspect also send purchase orders from mines that are said to be false documents with total loss amounting to R1 256 000.00.
Sekgotodi added that the matter was reported to the Hawks and investigation revealed that the document were fraudulent and the suspect was linked with the case. The suspect was served with summons at Barberton on Thursday, where he was charged and is expected to make his first appearance at the Bethal Magistrate court on 23 August 2022.