Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Kroonstad: A 47 year-old pastor is expected to appeared before the Kroonstad Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday; 31 August 2021, where he faced allegations of fraud.
It is alleged that in 2013, the suspect encouraged members of his church to invest money into his company with a promise of getting lucrative returns after a year.
Unfortunately, the victims did not receive their money as agreed.
After several contacts with the suspect, the congregants then persuaded him to pay back the original amount they invested. None of their requests were honoured. As a result, the victims suffered a total loss of more than R3 million.
The matter was then reported to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation based in Welkom for further investigation. This culminated to the suspect handing himself over to the investigators and he was charged.