Wife’s last laugh as hubby is jailed

He plot­ted divorce fraud with ny­atsi

Sowetan - - News - By Sipho Mabena

A prom­i­nent Pre­to­ria lawyer thought he was pulling a fast one on his wife when he fraud­u­lently di­vorced her‚ but she had the last laugh when the plan back­fired‚ land­ing him and his mis­tress in jail.

Mpho Mo­fomme‚ 58‚ got his mis­tress Sebi Moche‚ 48‚ a pri­mary school teacher‚ to pre­tend to be his wife‚ Mar­i­lyn Mo­fomme‚ and had her (Moche) served with divorce pa­pers in­stead of his wife.

Mo­fomme had planned to cheat his wife out of their valu­able joint es­tate which in­cludes sev­eral prop­er­ties‚ a trust and a busi­ness.

The duo are now serv­ing three and two-year jail terms for fraud in a case that dragged on for al­most a decade.

“I am just glad that this whole thing is over and that my crooked hus­band and his mis­tress‚ who de­stroyed my mar­riage‚ are fi­nally pay­ing for the unimag­in­able suf­fer­ing they have caused me‚” Mar­i­lyn said yes­ter­day.

In Au­gust 2015, the Garankuwa Mag­is­trate’s Court found the love­birds guilty of fraud and sen­tenced them to eight years in prison each.

The duo were granted leave to ap­peal the sen­tences and suc­cess­fully lob­bied the Mafikeng High Court to re­duce the sen­tences to five years – two of which were sus­pended for Mo­fomme and three for Moche.

Last month, they failed to con­vince the Supreme Court of Ap­peal to over­turn the sen­tences‚ re­sult­ing in Mo­fomme swap­ping his lawyer’s gown for or­ange jail over­alls.

Marylin said: “I was mar­ried to this man for 25 years but he tried to pull a rug un­der my feet. His mis­tress lived in my house in Hart­beespoort; she drove around in my cars and col­luded with my hus­band to get rid of me. Who is hav­ing the last laugh now?”

The drama started in late 2011 when a friend at a funeral ap­proached Mo­fomme’s wife‚ con­sol­ing her on their divorce. Stunned‚ she went to check with the Garankuwa Mag­is­trate’s Court where it was con­firmed that she was di­vorced.

In Jan­uary 2011, Garankuwa sher­iff Re­filoe Moeletsi re­ceived a let­ter from Mo­fomme At­tor­neys‚ in­struct­ing the sher­iff’s of­fice to serve sum­mons on Mo­fomme’s wife.

Moche an­swered the call and, armed with a fraud­u­lent ID‚ went to col­lect the sum­mons to fi­nalise the divorce.

Mar­i­lyn is now di­vorc­ing her jailed hus­band.

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