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Alleged fraudster appears in Uitenhage Magistrate's Court

Feb 12, 2019
Alleged fraudster appears in Uitenhage Magistrate's Court

Diligent work by Uitenhage police officers resulted in the arrest of a 47-year-old woman on Friday, who had allegedly defrauded 10 other women in Kamesh. 

According to police information, three complainants opened a case of theft under false pretenses, after the 47-year-old suspect collected R170-00 each month from ten community members.

"The payments were instituted in January 2018 and the last payment was done in November 2018," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"The suspect promised to purchase a sheep for each client that would be delivered in December 2018, after she collected the total amount of R17 000 at the end of November 2018.   

"The clients never received their promised sheep and there was also no sign of them being reimbursed."

Alleged fraudster released pending further investigations by Uitenhage police

She said that the case was registered on Friday, and the suspect was arrested the same day.

"The 47-year-old suspect, Desiree Reiners, appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday."

The case was postponed for further investigation until Wednesday, 6 March 2019. 

Reiners was released on a warning. 

"The South African Police Service wishes to warn the community to be cautions of transactions of this nature and rather purchase livestock from a registered dealer," Capt Swart said. 

"The SAPS also request other victims who were also defrauded to come forward and report a case to their nearest police station."

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