Bo­gus pas­tors in court for fraud

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A man and a wo­man who claimed to be pas­tors are fac­ing more than 100 charges of fraud af­ter they swin­dled money out of un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The 45-year-old man and 41-year-old wo­man were ex­pected to ap­pear in the Pre­to­ria Com­mer­cial Crimes Court yes­ter­day, Lieu­tenant Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini said.

ey were ar­rested on Mon­day. The pair had been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for more than one year.

“Sev­eral vic­tims re­ported cases to the po­lice af­ter the sus­pects of­fered sev­eral pro­fes­sional ser­vices, in­clud­ing pas­toral care and coun­selling, while they were not reg­is­tered for those pro­fes­sions,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini said the pair had also pre­tended to be pas­tors for the Sol­diers for Christ church in Pre­to­ria, where they had rented an of­fice. Sev­eral doc­u­ments had been seized. The Pre­to­ria Cen­tral fam­ily vi­o­lence, child pro­tec­tion and sex­ual of­fences unit is ap­peal­ing to vic­tims who may have been min­is­tered by the sus­pects to come for­ward.

The church could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment. — News24.

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