Suspected con artist arrested

2011-12-19 11:17
Durban - A man who allegedly defrauded a woman of about R50 000 was arrested at the weekend in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, the Mercury reported on Monday.

According to the paper, the 32-year-old man often changed his identity and profession to suit the type of fraud he wanted to commit.

The man was reportedly convicted of fraud earlier this year and sentenced to a R500 000 fine and a suspended sentence.

His latest victim was working for a lawyer in Durban. She became acquainted with the man, who later convinced her to invest her life savings of R48 550 with his business, the Mercury reported.

He also promised to employ her to work for his company in America.

In June the woman read a newspaper article about the man's conviction and realised she had been conned. She then opened a case at the Berea police station.

The man's girlfriend was also arrested after police established that her bank account had been used to receive money stolen from their victims.

The couple will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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