Oudtshoorn attorney behind bars for fraud, theft

2017-01-21 23:16
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Oudtshoorn – An Oudtshoorn attorney was captured by the Hawks on Friday after failing to adhere to an order to report to a correctional facility after being convicted of fraud and theft charges.

Jacques Thomas du Preez, 55, was nabbed after being sentenced by the George Magistrates Court in November 2015 for swindling a client out of about R900 000, which was deposited into his law firm’s trust account, Hawks spokesperson Captain Llloyd Ramovha said on Saturday.

"He subsequently appealed the sentence and was out on bail pending the outcome of his appeal. However, in November 2016 his appeal was unsuccessful and he was accordingly ordered through his attorney to report to a correctional facility," he said.

"Du Preez failed to adhere to the order, a warrant of arrest was issued and he was sought, culminating in his capture on Friday by the elite unit."

Ramovha said it was further alleged that, while awaiting the appeal decision, Du Preez reportedly "went on coaxing R5 donations from his Facebook followers and locals", ostensibly to pay a needy client’s legal fees.

"[He further apparently stated] that this was in exchange of the free legal advice he had given to the locals over the years. This separate matter is however still being probed."

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