Real estate agent arrested for RDP fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 51-year-old real estate agent, Helga Kruger behind bars. Kruger was arrested by the Hawks-based Middelburg Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for Fraud. She was added as the third accused to previous arrests of Fotoboy  Makua known as Fofo (55) and Annica van Staden(46) who were since released on bail. Kruger was charged for RDP Houses Fraud worth  R100 000.00. 

Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Dineo Sekgotodi said it is alleged that on 24 June 2014 Kruger advertised RDP houses of Tokologo Section in Middelburg on behalf of Housing First Property CC.

“The offer to purchase indicates that Housing First CC is the seller of the Properties and it was registered in the name of Annica van Staden. She sold the property to the complainant for R100 000.00 and further requested the buyer to transfer the money into the business account of Foto Security Services”.

Sekgotodi added that Kruger should have known as “estate agent” that the property can only be transferred and registered in the name of the buyer once the conveyor attorney received the money into his trust account. “The rightful owner of the property did not give anyone permission or mandate to sell the property”.

The case is postponed to 26 October for a Legal Aid representative.

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