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2021/09/01      |  Written By:  Captain N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 31 August 2021 –A 48-year-old man and his five co-accused are set to appear today before the Durban Magistrates’ Court for fraud charges that are related to selling houses fraudulently, that did not belong to them. The suspect was traced in East London where he was arrested and charges for fraud charges.

It is alleged that a 48-year-old man who is the mastermind behind the scam would post an advert newspapers that his company was building houses at a reduced fee. He would defraud the unsuspecting clients and disappear after a deposit was made.

He was operating his fraud business at Durban CBD, Point, Pietermaritzburg, Kokstad and other areas where he had defrauded people since 2013. The five females were assisting him in running the business around the province. He moved to East London where he continued his dirty deeds.

He was also wanted for other cases committed in Ladysmith, Richards Bay, Newcastle, Berea, Amanzimtoti and Scottburgh for the same offence. Most of the companies he was operating with were registered on the unsuspecting young women who would later become his girlfriends. The cash that were stolen are approximately R18 million.

We are also appealing to other people who are victims of the similar scam to contact the investigating officer Captain Ngcobo on 031 325 4105 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.