Man held for defrauding the elderly

2014-11-13 11:14

A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding elderly people of thousands of rands in Jabulani, Soweto.

“A group of older men and women opened a case against a man they said had promised them double interest on their cash after three months but never paid them,” said Gauteng police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said today.

The people had deposited varying amounts of cash into a bank account purported to belong to the 43-year-old man.

“One woman said she deposited R11 000, another R7 000, and the others deposited between R3 000 and R1 000,” Makhubela said.

Police set up a trap yesterday and called the man to Baragwanath Hospital in Diepkloof where an officer pretended to want information to invest and deposit cash.

The complainants pointed him out and he was arrested and charged with fraud.

Makhubela said investigations were continuing.

The man is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrates’ Court soon.

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