Cops nail alleged PMB 'serial fraudster'

2015-12-15 17:30
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Durban - Two air-conditioning units are likely to prove to be the undoing of alleged serial fraudster Lerlin Goss, 69, who was arrested in a sting operation in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

From allegedly running a fake business empire in real estate to standing accused of issuing fake cheques, Goss’ spree came unravelled as she allegedly tried to hawk two stolen air-conditioning units.

Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said a company had supplied the merchandise to Goss in November.

“When they returned to the house they found it was vacant and they hadn’t received payment since.

The owner then saw the air conditioners advertised on Gumtree and he responded to the advertisement and pretended to be interested in purchasing them,” she said.

“The police accompanied him to a residential area in Eastwood and recovered the goods worth R12 000.

“The suspect is an 69-year-old female who was positively identified by the owner as the one who the units were supplied to. She has been arrested, and it is alleged that she is linked to other cases but it is still under investigation,” Ebrahim added.

The police has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Goss has had a chequered history, detailed in several reports in The Witness.

And an investigation by the paper revealed that Goss had purportedly stolen a company identity, fronted a business using her “uneducated” cousin, lied about her qualifications, she never paid anyone and was on the run.

Goss allegedly claimed to be a high flying property investment manager with an extensive portfolio with purchase opportunities from the coast to Pietermaritzburg.

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