The Bloemfontein Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a former attorney, Jacobus Samuel Gous (44), to 30 months imprisonment after he was convicted of two fraud charges on 26 July.Gous was arrested by the Hawks in January 2016. On 25 November 2010, Mmamakgetha Seseane was approached by Eugene Rabaji, an estate agent, about the sale of a house in which she was interested. After she had paid the amount of R100 000, the value of the house, Seseane and Rabaji went to Gous’s office for assistance in transferring the house to her name. Seseane deposited the full amount into Gous’s bank account, after which she was instructed to wait for the title deed. After a year of waiting and being sent from one point to another, she approached Gous and told him she wanted her money back.Gous told her that he will speak to the owner of the house to refund her. When she approached the owner, she was told that Gous had never paid any money to the owner for the purchase of the house.In November 2012, Agnes Machice was also approached by Rabaji after she had shown interest in a house worth R60 000. Machice paid a deposit of R38 000 into Gous’s account.After waiting a long time, she confronted Gous, who told her that he was still busy with an eviction order. Machice kept making enquiries, but she was told that the eviction order takes time. She reported Gous to the Law Society when she realised that she will not get the house or a refund on her deposit.