Prosecutor arrested over phony discount vouchers for hotels and air tickets
TMG Digital | 2017-06-02 10:31:33.0
Handcuffs. File photo.
A state prosecutor is among a group of five people arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit for alleged fraud amounting to millions of rand relating to a suspected pyramid scheme.
The suspects are aged between 38 and 62. “It is alleged that between 2009 and 2014 the suspects used bogus investment entities to recruit members of the public into joining their elaborate investment schemes by enticing them to purchase phony vouchers ranging from R2‚700 to enable them to qualify for discounts on hotel accommodation‚ hiring of vehicles‚ flight tickets‚ and so forth‚” the Hawks said in a statement.
“It is further alleged that ‘investors’ were encouraged to recruit more people under their names in order to receive more benefits.
The same was advised to new members‚ resulting in the scheme gaining popularity countrywide‚ in a typical pyramid scheme fashion. Known losses so far amount to millions of rand and are expected to rise as investigations continues.”
The group has been released on a warning. They are expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on June 29 to answer to charges relating to fraud in contravention of the Banks Act and the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act.