Alleged forger charged

2017-08-02 06:00

A 37 year old man found investigators waiting for him when he went to a dealership to collect his car after using fraudulent means to buy it at a car dealership in Bethlehem.

Teboho Lethena allegedly used forged documents to buy a vehicle from the dealership. As soon as the online application had been concluded and finances to the value of R500 000 approved, it was time to collect the vehicle.

On Friday, 14 July, he found Det. WO Adriaan Maree of the Bethlehem detectives waiting for him at the dealership.

The suspect was immediately arrested for fraud.

Lethena, who hails from Katlehong in Gauteng, appeared briefly in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 17 July, and his case was postponed.

“Car dealers engaging in online transactions must take special care not to be defrauded in a similar manner. We also applaud financiers for their cooperation in alerting the police to the alleged fraud,” said the Bethlehem cluster commander, Maj.Gen. Jan Tsotetsi.

“There is reason to believe that the suspect could be part of a syndicate operating nationally. We therefore appeal for information that can help in this regard.”

Anyone with information on this and other similar incidents can call Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

  • In a separate incident, Samuel Mokoena (33) of Phuthaditjhaba also appeared in the same court after he allegedly sped off in a car belonging to a dealership in Bethlehem shortly after taking it for a test drive.

His case was postponed.


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