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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.

Comments
  • Bob - 2011-12-19 11:39

    If the fine was that high, then so to was the depth of the crime…this man should have been jailed not given a suspended sentence. The victim should sue the judiciary for not protecting her rights in the first place by failing to jail the scumbag…!

      Ivan - 2011-12-19 12:14

      Shows you how gullible people really are. Every fool is parted with his/ her money! And thus deserves it.

      Albert - 2011-12-19 12:17

      The judiciary is more interested in the R500,000 than the crime.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 12:27

      Lock him up. Con artists are sociopaths and have no conscience. They dont care about the damage they do to people's lives. Most get away because victims are too embarrased about their gullibility.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-19 12:44

      I know another fraudster, he's taken millions from all of us, Zuma!

  • nshinga1 - 2011-12-19 12:14

    I am in the finance industry. I come across a lot people who fall for such crimes often. People always look for quick ways to increase their money and it just doesnt exist.The fine charged to this man may be too little, because he may have defrauded more than the fine, just that people didnt come forward.

  • mmudzielwana - 2011-12-19 12:56

    name the damn artist because there could be many people hurt

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-19 13:27

    Creep but I am sure there are better con artists in jail he is soon too join - Now he can become a hooker ja ja.

  • jaqmtnez - 2012-05-04 07:45

    I was wondering if this is the same guy who did the 419 Heartbreakers scams?? I still have him on gmail under the fraudulent name of Johann Wiese, but he also uses the name Roux Prinsloo. I have not seen the green light go on in gmail under his name for about 3 weeks, so I am hoping they caught him? I was not scammed as I was suspicious of him from the word go, however, he was so angry that he threatened to kill me and my children if I ever reported him. I DID report him to my local police, but since I live in another country now, they said they doubted he would travel this far on his 'hard-earned' salary to come and hurt me. I still have police protection though, in case he turns up. Here is the link to the Carte Blanche programme about him that was aired in March. Should he not have been arrested by now, with everyone knowing where he lives? http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?Id=4504&ShowId=1

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