Traffic cop impersonator nabbed for fraud

2015-05-10 16:32

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Durban - A 60-year-old man allegedly impersonating a traffic officer has been arrested for fraud in Cape Town.

The suspect, described as a “serial con artist” in a statement by the City of Cape Town, was nabbed in Mitchell’s Plain on an outstanding warrant of arrest on Friday.

Motorists had reported the scam whereby the suspect would approach those who had outstanding traffic fines, claiming that they could make payments to him.

The suspect allegedly promised these motorists receipts, which he never produced.

Victims would only realise they had been duped once they started receiving warrants for the outstanding fines, said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

The City is also investigating whether the suspect may have had an accomplice within Traffic Services.

“There are no shortcuts in terms of traffic infringements. It is an offence to offer money to any official for any favour or benefit which is done contrary to the policies of the City. Any suspicious behaviour or schemes should please be reported to the City immediately on 021 596 1999."

The man has been charged and is currently being held at the Grassy Park Police Station.

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