Beware, lying will lead to jail

2015-11-10 06:00

Mitchell’s Plain police are issuing a stern warning to discourage residents from opening false criminal cases to claim for insurance purposes.

In recent weeks, police have noted a spike in false cases being reported at the station.

This act constitutes a crime and is punishable in court, they say.

This charge is known as perjury and could see a guilty person face five years in prison.

“[We] want to warn the public to refrain from reporting false cases, as this constitutes a crime. All reported incidents will be investigated thoroughly, and false claims are usually detected during this process,” says sergeant Jerome Voegt, police spokesperson.

Police have noted with concern that residents are opening false cases in order to fraudulently claim for cellphones which, as they alleged, have either been stolen from them or were taken in a robbery.

“After thorough investigation the investigating officer discovers that the complainant in these cases was not truthful, but gave a false statement under oath,” says Voegt.

“We will not hesitate to investigate these cases and those who make themselves guilty of such offences will face the full might of the law.”

– Samantha Lee

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