Scare linked to ‘scam’?

2014-08-15 00:00

A GLENWOOD business with links to an alleged electricity scam was the target of the anthrax scare that shook the suburb on Wednesday.

The arrival of an envelope filled with white powder at the offices of KZN Energy Investors Corporation prompted a mass evacuation of the business and homes around it.

Sole director Raymond Moodley is linked to another business, United Thermal Technology (UTT), which remains tied up in a web of fraud allegations.

UTT is accused of duping scores of people, having peddled overpriced “energy-saving devices”. Some customers claim they were done out of as much as R17 000.

Three months ago The Witness reported that the company had allegedly used Eskom’s name to gain entry to people’s houses while selling an energy-saving device, the Intellisaver, for R2 200.

The device is available for just one dollar (around R10,45) on the Internet.

Representatives from the company, who also claimed to represent the eThekwini Municipality, would allegedly talk their way into homes under the auspices of conducting an “energy-usage analysis” before trying to sell the products.

Moodley is the public face of both companies and with a long list of unsatisfied customers, the motives for the anthrax scare may be more varied.

Repeated attempts to contact Moodley on several of his numbers proved unsuccessful at the time of going to press last night.

Some former customers have gone to the police, believing they have been defrauded.

This is because all their efforts to return the devices within the five-day cooling-off period allowed by the Consumer Protection Act had been blocked.

The tax invoice from the company ends with the quote, “The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory. — Aldo Gucci, 1938”.

The company previously said it believed the complaints were unfounded.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that the motive for the “anthrax” attack would be probed.

“We have been made aware that the company that uses the office has a certain history and it will definitely be carefully considered by detectives who will investigate this matter,” Zwane said.

“We still need to test the powder that was recovered from the scene and establish exactly what it is. This is a serious thing. It led to the evacuation of several businesses and the police station so it will have consequences.

“Preliminary investigations have told us that two men dropped off the envelope and they will be sought as the investigation takes its course,” Zwane added.

Forensic testing of the mystery powder and envelope is expected to take nearly a week at a specialised forensic laboratory.

• Have you dealt with this company? Contact Jeff Wicks at 082 073 8565


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