Woman charged for scam

2016-02-10 13:33
Jackie Rajah

Jackie Rajah (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - A woman accused of duping people out of more than half a million rand by promising them government jobs and state vehicles was arrested this week.

Jaishree “Jackie” Rajah (32) appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday with five counts of fraud against her.

It is alleged that Rajah received thousands of rands from Pietermaritzburg job seekers after she promised them employment in the departments of Education and Health.

Rajah was released on bail and will appear in court again on March 4 with her alleged accomplice, Jitesh Durson. Durson was arrested in December last year and also released on bail.

A police officer close to the case said the investigation began in December last year. He alleged that police found numerous departmental documents when they raided Rajah’s Darjeeling Heights home.

He alleged that Rajah would pose as a recruitment agent for the government and “find” posts for job seekers on payment of an “administration fee”, which she said would be used to process their CVs and application forms, and organise their interviews.

The police officer alleged that Durson would handle the sale of state vehicles, and was allegedly “employed” by Rajah.

“Durson had full access to the vehicle pound, where he would bring would-be customers and show them the vehicles he was ‘selling’,” alleged the police officer.

One customer allegedly paid Durson around R290 000 for a vehicle that was never delivered.

Speaking to The Witness, one of the alleged victims described Rajah as a “sweet talker” who seemed “very legit”.

“She showed me her access cards to the departments, as well as her name badge with the department logo on it,” alleged the customer, whose name is known to The Witness.

“She answered all my questions very confidently and I felt like I had no reason to doubt her,” said the woman.

She alleged she paid Rajah R5 000 in February last year for “administration”.

“She told me my job was secured at the Natalia building and I would often meet her there. She would walk into the offices with no problem using her access cards,” she said.

The woman said her first job interview was held in a boardroom at the Natalia building. A few weeks later, she was told to prepare for an aptitude test.

“After a while, I heard nothing from Jackie. I called to see her but she wasn’t available.”

She alleged that Rajah told her to go and see a colleague in Natalia, “who met me outside the building and said that my job was secured and they were just waiting for the contract”.

After nine months and no job, the woman said she contacted Rajah to get her money back.

She said she was given R2 000 “after much hounding”, but the balance of the money has not been returned.

Two other victims relayed similar experiences, with one person allegedly paying R6 000 for a job and the other R5 000.

Police are looking for other victims who may have been offered jobs by ­Rajah or offered cars for sale by Durson to contact the investigating officer, ­Detective Warrant Officer Calvin Adimulam at 033 845 2760.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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