Electronic goods stolen in Gauteng

2012-08-10 19:25
Johannesburg - Goods worth R1.6m have been stolen from LG Electronics by a syndicate in Gauteng, police said on Friday.

Equipment, including engine parts, generators, welding equipment, television, fridges and other electronic household goods were purchased using false documents, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

"More than 16 cases of [related] fraud are being investigated in Gauteng and there is a possibility that the same syndicate may be operating in other provinces."

Dlamini said the syndicate used fraudulent documents, such as invoices with the particulars of a well-known transport company based in Cape Town.

"It is suspected the syndicate members may have infiltrated the company information, including the bank accounts and tax certificate details," he said.

"The identity document of [the] owner of the company has also been forged and a photo of an unknown younger person has been inserted."

Police believed that syndicate might also have its own police certification stamps, and that a police officer might be involved, Dlamini said.

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