Five foreigners held for fraud

2014-08-06 07:19

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - Five Italian men have been arrested for fraud in the Eastern Cape after allegedly trying to sell heavy duty goods worth an estimated R3m, police said on Tuesday.

The men, aged between 32 and 60, were arrested on Monday, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said.

The men allegedly pretended to be buyers of heavy duty equipment, who were unable to transport them back to Italy.

They then approached people and tried to sell the equipment at a discounted rate.

"They even make their offer convincing by showing the potential buyer the copy of a fake invoice of the equipment which reflects a much higher purchase price.

"The equipment includes heavy duty drills, chainsaws and generators to name but a few," Janse van Rensburg said.

Two of the men, travelling in a Toyota Venture, were arrested in Colchester, near Port Elizabeth, in possession of some of the equipment. They were wanted in Nigel on similar charges.

Three others were arrested at a bed and breakfast in Jeffreys Bay after a case was reported in Humewood, Port Elizabeth.

They were in possession of a large quantity of the equipment, an undisclosed amount of money and copies of stickers used to hide the equipment's brand names, Janse van Rensburg said.

"One suspect is still on the run and police are following leads to arrest him."

The group would appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  italy  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.