FREE STATE – Investment scammer arrested on a warrant of arrest in Cape Town

FREE STATE – A 59-year-old suspect has been arrested in Cape Town on charges of fraud, forgery and uttering on Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

The suspect allegedly approached the would be victim during 2015 and convinced him to invest in a business project he reportedly tendered for in Botswana.  Just over R2 million was deposited into a bank account held by the businessman for the said project.

The payments were made in several instalments as described by the accused, namely: the setting of companies at Botswana (Quickstep 512 (Pty) Ltd); mining permits, flights and accommodation, tender costs and contractor registrations. It was only around 25 May 2018, that investor realised that the alleged tender project was actually a scam.

The Hawks Serious Commercial Crime investigation ensued resulting in the recent arrest of the suspect on warrant of arrest. He is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Thursday, 26 November 2020.