Bogus lawyer to pay

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A BOGUS para­le­gal prac­ti­tioner was or­dered by the Bel­lville Com­mer­cial Crime Court yes­ter­day to re­pay his vic­tims a to­tal of R346 280 by mid- Jan­uary, or face seven years in prison.

Chris Lodewyk, 46, was also sen­tenced to two years house ar­rest, dur­ing which he has to do com­mu­nity ser­vice as a cleaner and main­te­nance worker at the Parow po­lice sta­tion.

He pre­tended to be an at­tor­ney and fi­nan­cial ad­viser, and de­frauded three vic­tims af­ter falsely ad­ver­tis­ing him­self on the in­ter­net web­site Gumtree.

He ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Sab­rina Son­nen­berg.

He was sen­tenced on three counts of fraud and one of vi­o­lat­ing the At­tor­ney’s Act, in pleabar­gain pro­ceed­ings.

In ad­di­tion to the house ar­rest, he was sen­tenced to seven years be­hind bars, sus­pended on con­di­tion that he re­pay his vic­tims by mid-Jan­uary.

Le­gal aid de­fence at­tor­ney Hai­ley Lawrence as­sured the court that an in­vest­ment that was due for re­lease in mid-Jan­uary would en­able Lodewyk to com­pen­sate his vic­tims in full in ac­cor­dance with the or­der. – Sapa

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