Monday, 15 March 2021

Reitz: Foreign nationals with age ranging between 29 and 35 years, including a woman from Reitz, were arrested in Reitz after police received information that they were in possession of counterfeit notes alleged to be from defrauding people through bank loans and making them believe that such loans will be cancelled at the bank and their money will be doubled.

It is further alleged they also perform rituals for people submitting letters of such requests and applications for jobs as well as promises of promotions to higher posts.

On the 14 March 2021, the Reitz police followed information with regard to people defrauding community in that area through bank loans and promising to double their money and getting them jobs.

They brought on board a team comprising of Bethlehem Crime Intelligence, Phuthaditjhaba Tactical Response Team, and Bethlehem Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) and Bethlehem Local Criminal Record Centre to collect all evidence to ensure successful prosecution.

The team arrived at the identified house in Reitz and found four people, three males and a woman. They searched the house and found fake R100 notes worth R17 000 and cash amount totalling R26 000.

Upon further investigation outside the house, a small traditional hut was searched and found Bibles and calabash. There were also letters of resignation from people requesting to be given luck of money, jobs, promotions to higher posts at work and papers cut to size of bank notes.

All the items found were seized and kept as exhibits. It is further alleged that the suspects would encourage their clients to make bank loans in order to double their money fast.

They promised them that such bank loan will disappear or get cancelled by the bank without any trail. All four suspects aged between 29 and 35 were taken into custody and will be charged.

They are expected to appear before the Reitz Magistrate court on Wednesday; 17 March 2021 to face a charge of possession of counterfeit money.

“Our people are becoming victims of fraud daily while losing their hard earned money to empty promises. We urge the community members to be aware of such criminals and their dubious activities which enriches them and leave you poor. Let’s open our eyes and report such activities. I applaud the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Commissioner, Maj General Jan Tsotetsi and his team for removing such characters from society.” said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Baile Motswenyane.