Ex-cop and wife arrested for fraud

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A FORMER detective (45) from Port Shepstone SAPS and his wife (43) are behind bars, facing fraud charges.

They were arrested in Skogheim, near Izotsha, last Saturday following information posted on a social media site regarding a case of house-breaking and theft.

Constable Travis Dickens, Sergeant Bongani Hlophe and Cst Akesh Maharaj from Port Shepstone Public Order Policing (POP) were the arresting officers.

“It is claimed that the couple broke into a storeroom in Southport last Friday and removed power tools which they allegedly then sold to second-hand shops in Margate and Uvongo,” said police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The officers also confiscated a green motor car with identification numbers that did not correspond to the documentation.

The couple appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week. Bail was opposed and they remain in police custody.

The case was postponed to Monday, January 16, for further investigation and bail application.

It is believed that this couple operated from Mtwalume to Port Shepstone and further afield, from Johannesburg to the West Coast, defrauding elderly people.

On Tuesday this week the Herald found out that the husband was wanted for being in arrears with child maintenance payments to the tune of some R100 000.

Police are calling on anyone who may have been victims or might have information regarding other fraud cases against the couple to call the investigating officer, Sergeant Sibongiseni Bigboy Xaba, at 039 6819900.

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Sugan Naidoo
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