Serial fraudster takes cops for a ride - for 14 years

2015-07-29 08:56
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Johannesburg - A "cunning and manipulative" 50-year-old man, who was allegedly supplying information to the police on a number of high-profile cases, has been arrested for fraud, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

The man had allegedly used around 14 aliases to open fake criminal cases and to defraud people, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

He had apparently been operating in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

He is also alleged to have defrauded around 400 people whom he hired in Elukwatini, Mpumalanga using the company name Incubo Security, Cleaning, Transport and Construction - a division of Mzilikazi Shamhunti Burial Society Trust. They were later fired.

The man had allegedly been doing this since 2001 and there were four cases opened against him in Soshanguve, Pretoria Central, Kagiso and Westonaria.

He in turn has also opened several cases under an assortment of aliases where he claimed to be the victim of crime, said Mogale.

In Kliptown, he opened an armed robbery case under the name Mfana Elliot Dibakoane after claiming he was with a friend, Zenzo Clifford Zwane, at Freedom Park when they were robbed by four unknown men.

A second armed robbery case was opened in Kliptown where again he claimed to be the victim, this time calling himself Clifford Shikwambane.

"He [claimed he] was robbed by 16 unknown black males travelling in four cars, and that they were with his ex-wife Lizzy. They robbed him of R26 000, and were all armed with pistols and one R5 rifle," Mogale said about the claims.

At Johannesburg Central police station, the man opened a kidnapping case, claiming unknown people kidnapped him from Johannesburg, took him to Vosloorus and then to Nelspruit, where he was kept for days.

In this case he called himself Patrick Mkhize.

Mogale said the man had been writing letters to various police officers complaining about them not acting on information he had given them.

"These offices include the national commissioner of the police, the executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the station commander at Kliptown and detective commander at Kliptown," she said.

The man is expected to appear in the Kliptown Regional Court on Wednesday in an unrelated case.

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