Charity denies ties to adoption scam

2013-10-01 13:31
Jenny-Lee Greyling and JP Byleveld in court. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

Jenny-Lee Greyling and JP Byleveld in court. (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Child care centre Compass distanced itself on Tuesday from a couple allegedly involved in an adoption scam.

Pastor Jude Martin said any claims involving the charity in the scam were "completely fraudulent".

He was reacting to a report in Beeld on Tuesday that an East Rand couple, Jennie-Lee Greyling, 27, and JP Beyleveld, 27, appeared in the Edenvale Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The couple are accused of masterminding an adoption scam and were released on bail of R1 500 each. They face charges including theft.

A couple, Hennie and Adel van Blerk, found out on Thursday that they had been scammed, and that the twins they were promised they could adopt did not exist.

Greyling was employed on contract for Compass, which provides a number of charitable services, including a children's home and counselling. Beeld reported that the police were searching for another man, Shauwn van der Mescht, as part of their investigation.

Martin confirmed Van der Mescht also worked for Compass on a contract. He said the charity organisation had nothing to do with adoption processes. He described the scam as "inhumane".

"I feel so sorry for them [the couple that was scammed]."

The case was postponed to 7 November.

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