Fraudster in trouble again

2017-01-18 06:01

Convicted fraudster Joel Mpotle (38), previously sentenced for selling fraudulent matric certificates, is again on the wrong side of the law due to a similar crime.

This is after the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) in the Free State arrested him and two accomplices for selling fake Umalusi senior certificates during December.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, said Mpotle and two accomplices, Tebello Mohale (39) and Lefa Ntshasa (49), were arrested for allegedly selling fraudulent Umalusi senior certificates.

He said the trio was arrested at a shopping complex in Botshabelo, selling the certificates for R3 000 to an undercover police officer.

“The trio was nabbed in the act of selling fraudulent matric certificates.

“Investigation was conducted after information was received that the suspects were constructing and selling Umalusi senior certificates,” said Nyakane.

The directorate’s investigation revealed that Mpotle had previously been convicted and sentenced to five years for a similar crime.

Nyakane said Mpotle was convicted and sentenced in 2009 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court for selling fake matric certificates.

According to him Mpotle had three of his five-year term suspended.

The trio briefly appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on 3 January, facing charges of fraud. The suspects reside in Botshabelo in Section C, E and U, respectively.

They were expected to appear in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (17/01) to apply for bail after having been kept in police custody since their arrest on 31 December.

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