More ‘Dr Moodley’ victims come out

2015-01-06 00:00

THE man who fleeced Bella & Boo owners out of R400 on New Year’s Eve appears to have pulled similar stunts previously.

Several readers came forward yesterday after reading how a Hillcrest couple, Merle and Wayne Hodson, were reeled in by a man claiming to be a cardiologist on December 31.

The hunt is on for a “Dr Moodley” who visited the natural frozen yoghurt outlet at the Parklane Centre and struck up a conversation with Wayne Hodson.

The man with a silver tongue told Merle Hodson that his elderly wife had forgotten her purse at home and needed money to pay for their groceries.

On the same day, a man, thought to be the same person, allegedly defrauded a Northdale woman of R10 000.

Shamila Ramdayal (31) said responding to an advert on Junk Mail on December 31 was “a big mistake”.

“There was a vehicle that was for sale and we called the number and spoke to a man named Lee Bellamy, who said his father, Dr Timothy Bellamy, was selling the car,” explained Ramdayal.

She called “Dr Bellamy” and he convinced her to deposit R10 000 in his account for the vehicle.

The man allegedly stopped all contact after Ramdayal deposited the money.

She got suspicious and went to the police. “I went to open a case on Loop Street and I am still waiting for the police to contact me. The law is really letting us down,” said Ramdayal.

The man allegedly even swindled a retired detective.

David Holdy (66) said he was approached by the man while he was shopping. “He told me that he knew me and we started talking. He told me that he was an advocate and then he received a call from his wife apparently needing money.”

The Woodlands man said the man allegedly even swindled his son out of R700.

Partially-blind Roopa Rampersad (71) from Mountain Rise said he crossed paths with the man at the Golden Horse last year.

“He told me he was Dr Moodley and said he could refer me to a doctor who could help me with my eyesight so I was really excited about meeting him,” said Rampersad.

When Rampersad walked out of the casino with his brother-in-law the man walked them out.

“His phone rang and he told us that he needed to borrow R500 for his mother and he would bring it back. He saw more money in my wallet and then asked for another R500,” said Rampersad.

Later Rampersad realised that he had been conned and went to the police to lay charges.

“The police told us that I gave him the money willingly and that there was nothing they could do to help me,” said Rampersad.

If anyone recognises the man’s modus operandi please e-mail the reporter or inform the police.


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