Fake money discovered

2018-02-28 06:01

A Dealesville-based traffic officer, Johannes November (43), who had been arrested for the possession of fake money, has had the case against him provisionally withdrawn. This was done during his brief appearance in Dealesville Magistrate’s Court on Friday (23/02).

November faces a charge of the illegal possession of counterfeit money.

Capt. Chaka Marope, spokesperson of the Parkweg Police Cluster, said November had been granted free release, adding that the case had been provisionally withdrawn.

He said that November was not off the hook yet.

“The police are continuing with further investigation into the matter,” said Marope.

He said November had been arrested on Tuesday, 20 February, after the police had found counterfeit money in his possession and at his house in Selosesha, Dealesville.

He said the police had raided November’s house, acting on a tip-off from a reliable informant.

“Three counterfeit South African R200 notes were found inside the house. A follow-up investigation of his whereabouts was initiated,” said Marope.

“The suspect was then arrested whilst on duty in Boshof.

“More counterfeit notes, worth R2 200, were found in his possession.”

He said November’s arrest had followed several complaints the police had received from local business owners in Dealesville regarding certain individuals defrauding them by buying from their businesses with fake R200 notes.

November’s arrest in dealing with fake money increases to three the number of persons arrested within two months.

Early in January, the Hawks Commercial Crime Unit caught a Bloemfontein woman, Nthabiseng Betty Mokhali (49), in possession of over R1 million in counterfeit money. The second culprit was Ethiopian Abushh Wangore (42), who was arrested in possession of fake money valued at R77 800. Mokhali was arrested by the Hawks in Bloemfontein while Wangore was arrested by the Thaba Nchu police.

Both Mokhali and Wangore face a charge of contravention of the South African Reserve Bank Section 32. Charges of against Wangore remain and he is due to reappear in the Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court.

However, Mokhali has walked away scot-free after the court had dismissed the case against her. This followed a blunder by members of the elite crime fighting unit.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, the Hawks provincial spokesperson, said the senior prosecutor had withdrawn the case against Mokhali, stating that the Hawks had not applied section 251 (a) when they had set the entrapment operation which led to arrest of Mokhali, who was reportedly found in possession of over R1 million in counterfeit money.


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