Two in dock for fraud and theft

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SOUTH CAPE T­ho­rough in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on by the E­den Clus­ter de­tecti­ves led to the ar­rest of two sus­pects on Mon­day 10 De­cem­ber. T­hey ha­ve al­le­ge­d­ly de­frau­ded a num­ber of taxi o­w­ners in Ge­or­ge and sur­roun­dings from thou­sands of rand’s fol­lo­wing a fal­si­fied let­ter t­hey dis­se­mi­na­ted a­mongst taxi-o­w­ners. The fraud and theft doc­ket e­ma­na­tes from this frau­du­lent let­ter that was ci­r­cu­la­ted du­ring No­vem­ber 2018 re­gar­ding the is­suing of new Taxi-per­mits o­pe­ra­ting li­cen­ces. One sus­pect 50 y­e­ars old al­le­ge­d­ly of­fe­red the ‘new per­mits’ at a ra­te of at le­ast R5 000 cash. The sus­pects al­le­ge­d­ly re­cei­ved tens of thou­sands of rand's, im­pli­ca­ting a­bout six dif­fe­rent victims of w­hom so­me has paid o­ver sub­stan­ti­al a­mounts of cash for mul­ti­ple so-cal­led per­mits that we­re ne­ver is­su­ed. The Dept. Of Trans­port in con­juncti­on with the Ge­or­ge mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has pla­ced a mo­ra­to­ri­um on the is­suing of new li­cen­ces du­ring No­vem­ber 2009. This mo­ra­to­ri­um is still in pla­ce and has not been re­pe­a­led. The Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has laid a Fraud and theft char­ges a­gainst the sus­pects on 29 No­vem­ber 2018. The com­plai­nant on be­half of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty claims that the let­ter with the sig­na­tu­re of the mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger on it was fal­si­fied. Sub­se­quent to the char­ges, the in­ves­ti­ga­ting te­am rai­ded the ho­mes of the sus­pects y­e­ster­day af­ter obtai­ning a se­arch war­rant from the Ge­or­ge ma­gi­stra­tes’ court, se­ar­ching for le­ads and e­vi­den­ce im­pli­ca­ting the sus­pects. Two sus­pects 50 and 68 y­e­ars old are sche­du­led to ap­pear in the Ge­or­ge C-court on Wed­nes­day 12 De­cem­ber on­ce t­hey ha­ve been char­ged. T­hey ap­pe­al to a­nyo­ne who mig­ht ha­ve fal­len prey/victim to this scam to con­tact the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on of­fi­cer, Sgt Ja­co­bus Ma­ton at 044 803 4526 or 073 046 8482 or C­ri­me S­top at 08600 10111.

Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty

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