Fraudster in trouble again

2017-01-18 06:01

Convicted fraudster Joel Mpotle (38), previously sentenced for selling fraudulent matric certificates, is again on the wrong side of the law due to a similar crime.

This is after the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) in the Free State arrested him and two accomplices for selling fake Umalusi senior certificates during December.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, said Mpotle and two accomplices, Tebello Mohale (39) and Lefa Ntshasa (49), were arrested for allegedly selling fraudulent Umalusi senior certificates.

He said the trio was arrested at a shopping complex in Botshabelo, selling the certificates for R3 000 to an undercover police officer.

“The trio was nabbed in the act of selling fraudulent matric certificates.

“Investigation was conducted after information was received that the suspects were constructing and selling Umalusi senior certificates,” said Nyakane.

The directorate’s investigation revealed that Mpotle had previously been convicted and sentenced to five years for a similar crime.

Nyakane said Mpotle was convicted and sentenced in 2009 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court for selling fake matric certificates.

According to him Mpotle had three of his five-year term suspended.

The trio briefly appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on 3 January, facing charges of fraud. The suspects reside in Botshabelo in Section C, E and U, respectively.

They were expected to appear in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (17/01) to apply for bail after having been kept in police custody since their arrest on 31 December.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.


Cute pet pictures can improve your relationship!

It’s true! A new study shows animal pics can bring back the spark.



7 weirdly awesome pets you can own
Pack theory: fact or fiction?
Perfect dog-walking 1: Why dogs pull on the lead
SA stats: The role of pets in families
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.