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2021/09/13      |  Written By:  Captain N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

UPDATE: Megasen Roland Chetty (38) and Sarasvathi Belinda Pillay (47) appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court yesterday and were found guilty on 18 counts of fraud. Both accused were found guilty of defrauding their victims of an amount of R1.2 million after they posed as travel agents who promised people holidays around the world. The matter was remanded to 21 October 2021 for sentencing in the Durban Regional Court.

DURBAN: 31 May 2020 – Megasen Roland Chetty (38) and Sarasvathi Belinda Pillay (47) appeared before the Durban Magistrates’ Court on 28 May 2021 for charges of fraud. They were each granted a bail of R5 000-00. The matter was remanded to 7 July 2021 in the Durban Magistrates’ Court.

Their court appearance follows a string of fraud cases that were committed since February 2018 until October 2019. The suspects were positively linked to 14 counts of fraud that they had committed at different areas like Chatsworth, Phoenix, Malvern, Town Hill, Tongaat and other areas. Their modus operandi was to promise people to secure a discounted holidays abroad and locally. The total amount of cash that was defrauded is R900 000-00. The dockets opened were transferred to the Provincial Commercial Crime Investigation for further investigation. On the morning of 28 May 2021, the suspects were arrested and they appeared in court.

We are also appealing to other people who are victims of the similar scam to contact the investigating officer Constable Durugiah on 082 334 8454.