Former Limpopo SAPS employee swindled over R500k by Congo foreign national scammer


By Agreement Mabunda

MAKHADO-A 44-year-old suspect, Joseph Hassan Yaye originally  from Congo, appeared before Makhado Magistrate’s Court, on Thursday, 09 May 2024 facing charges of fraud and theft.

He was remanded in custody until the 15th May 2024 for interpreter and legal representative.

It is alleged that, the suspect and his accomplice defrauded a 54-year-old woman a substantial amount of money during May, 2023. The victim was an employee at Limpopo SAPS.

She was allegedly conviced  by the suspect to resign from work and invest her payout money into business venture. She eventually resigned, and after receiving her lump sum money, she allegedly withdrew an amount of R500 000 (five hundred thousand rands) and gave  the suspect who is currently on the run. She was apparently further convinced  to transfer another money into the bank account of the arrested suspect aged 44.

Upon noticing that the suspect had disappeared with her money, the victim reported the incident to the Police, during July 2023. A case of fraud and theft was opened for investigation.

The intensive Police investigations led to the arrest of the suspect on Wednesday, 08 May 2024 at Jane Furse policing area.

Anyone with information about the remaining wanted suspect involved should contact investigating officer Warrant Officer Corlet Baloyi on 072 160 5396 or crime stop number on 08600 10111 or nearest police station or MySAPS App.

The Police investigations are still underway.

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