Suspected conman hands himself in

2012-10-18 22:05
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Johannesburg - A suspected conman implicated in nearly 40 cases of fraud thought to involve millions has handed himself over to Mpumalanga police, with his wife, it was confirmed on Thursday.

"We have them in custody," police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

He said Pieter Wolvaardt and his wife had appeared in court in Secunda.

The case was postponed, but their next appearance date was not known.

Hlathi said it was expected they would appear in various courts in different areas.

"Right now, we are waiting for police from another area to come take them for their appearance in another court," he said.

According to private investigator Deon Pieterse, of P3 Investigations, Wolvaardt went on the run after contravening the conditions of an eight-year suspended sentence imposed on him in 2008 for fraud.

While on the run, he allegedly claimed to be a building contractor and conned businesses in Muldersdrift, Secunda, Germiston, Benoni, Cape Town, Lydenburg, and Krugersdorp out of millions by disappearing once they had given him deposits.

Pieterse claimed Wolvaardt's sister and brother-in-law were also sought, but Hlathi could not confirm this.

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