Couple Arrested For R5.1 Fraud In Middelburg

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MIDDELBURG: The Hawks were alerted and investigations revealed that the couple’s documentations used in the application were fraudulent.

A husband, Peter Scooby (43), and wife, Alleta (47), have been remanded in custody after they appeared in the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday 13 April 2018 for Fraud following their arrest by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit on Thursday, 12 April 2018.

It is alleged that during March this year, the couple approached a trucking company in Middelburg, Mpumalanga and proposed a deal to purchase 90 trucks. An application was then submitted and approved. The couple then requested that ten (10) trucks should be prepared for delivery as soon as possible as they wanted to collect them after the initial deposit.

The pair then informed the company on 5 April that they deposited an amount of just over R1.7 million into the company’s bank account and were ready to take delivery of the trucks. The proof of payment was suspicious and the company approached the bank for validation which confirmed that no payment had taken place.

The Hawks were alerted and investigations revealed that the couple’s documentations used in the application were fraudulent. A sting operation was carried out. The pair was nabbed when they arrived at the trucking company’s premises to ‘finalise’ the deal and receive the trucks.    

 The case has been postponed until 25 April 2018, where they are expected to appear for a formal bail application.