Alleged Pretoria con artist nabbed

2012-10-16 09:35

Johannesburg - Police in Lyttelton, Pretoria, have arrested a man linked to alleged fraudulent activities of more than R300 000, according to a report on Tuesday.

More than 60 people all over the country were conned out of over R5 000 each in a recruitment campaign to employ security specialists in the battle against maritime piracy.

A charge was laid against the 50-year-old man, after he falsely recruited former policemen and soldiers for a contract to combat piracy, Beeld reported.

More than 100 operatives were apparently necessary for the contract.

According to national police spokesperson Colonel Tummi Shai, the man was arrested last week on an unrelated connection with malicious damage to property.

The owner of the property, which was being rented to the man, laid the charge.

Police subsequently found that he was also wanted in connection with alleged fraud, and that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for him in Polokwane.

The man was scheduled to appear in the Pretoria District Court on Friday, Shai said.

The fraud charges only surfaced recently, after job applicants for the piracy contract had waited in vain to hear from the man, to whom they had transferred substantial bank payments.

None of the applicants were ever placed, and when police started investigating the matter, they found only R59 in his account.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 09:44

    Taking money from the working class and no delivery on promises? Give this man a job in Govt, he'll fit right in, already has a few criminal counts pending.

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-16 09:47

      Don't joke. He's a prime candidate for president. watch out zuma

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-16 10:03

      Now there is a business section for the Darwin Awards. Conning mercenaries... Bright.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-16 10:28

      Uhm... he wasn't "nabbed"... they arrested him for something else and accidentally discovered he's wanted for fraud.

  • steven.maier.16 - 2012-10-16 10:05

    He must be either seriously stupid or have a death-wish to con Ex-Police and Army...Clearly he has not read the conman's handbook: "Prey on the weak and defenseless"

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 10:10

      I think that's Juliarse's book you are talking about!

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-16 10:31

    Many of us are unemployed so taking our money irrespective of who its is deserves The Maxim Sentence.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-16 10:36

    Ponzi scheme in another version.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-16 11:58

    Bheki Cele?

  • jacques.stander - 2012-10-16 14:33

    Sorry for people loosing their money, but own stupidity !! No legitimate company will ask money to go work for them. Ive done this kind of work for many years working for several companies. Have never paid a single cent.

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