Man held for fake hair

2013-07-04 19:08
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Johannesburg - A Chinese national was arrested in City Deep, Johannesburg, for allegedly importing fake hair and trying to bribe police officers, police said on Thursday.

"This follows an investigation that started on Monday 1 July, where he was found in possession of goods illegally imported into the country," police spokesperson Augustinah Selepe said.

The man was found in possession of fake human hair worth more than a R1m.

Police did not arrest him on Monday, after confiscating the hair, to allow them time to investigate how it had entered the country.

On Wednesday, the man went to the border police's offices in City Deep and allegedly offered officers R7 000 to release his goods.

"Immediately after offering the amount as a bribe he was arrested," said Selepe.

Police searched his car and found fake copies of visas, counterfeit identity documents of Chinese nationals, printing equipment, lists of identity numbers, credit card statements, and samples of abalone.

"A laptop, printer, electronic equipment, and guillotine, suspected to be used to produce fake documents, were also seized," said Selepe.

Police suspected the man could be part of a syndicate recruiting and helping Chinese nationals enter the country illegally.

Selepe said more arrests could be made. The 34-year-old would be charged with corruption, as well as manufacturing and dealing in counterfeit goods.

"He will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday," Selepe said.

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