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Man, 60, arrested for R2.3 million fraud granted R5k bail

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Fraud-accused Gert Wessel van der Westhuizen has been released on R5 000 bail by the Secunda Regional Court. Van der Westhuizen was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Secunda.

60-year-old man charged with millions of rands in fraud

The 60-year-old was charged with fraud amounting to more than R2.3 million. Mpumalanga Spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said that a complainant allegedly invested R1.2 million from advice offered by Van der Westhuizen. This happened on 9 October 2017.

“It is alleged that three suspects recruited unsuspecting victims to invest money and in return they will get interest. The complainant in this matter invested R1 200 000 on the advice of an accomplice of Van der Westhuizen on October 9, 2017 into Extreme Business Solutions by transferring the money into an FNB bank account,”

said Sekgotodi

The accused was the primary user of the bank account

Sekgotodi further explained that following an investigation, it was discovered Extreme Business Solutions was the account holder. It was also discovered that Van der Westhuizen was the authorised representative primary user for the FNB online banking.

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“Gert Wessel van der Westhuizen was appointed as the authorised representative primary user for FNB online banking dated June 6, 2014 as the only signatory as per affidavit in terms of section 236 of Act 51 of 1977 from FNB Ban,”

said Sekgotodi.

Sekgotodi revealed that Van der Westhuizen’s accomplice once again advised the complainant to invest in another company. 

“On that advice, the complainant transferred R500 000 into an FNB account on November 13, 2018 to convert into bitcoins,”

said Sekgotodi about Van der Westhuizen’s accomplice.

The accused promised the victim a monthly payment of R40 000, due to her investments. For 11 months, she received the payment. 

“The complainant made some enquiries with Hester Marx as to why the payments have stopped. The complainant was given a barrage of excuses but eventually the complainant was promised that the outstanding monies will be paid. The complainant’s money was used to purchase bitcoins in an account allegedly managed by Extreme Business Solutions. The total amount with interest for the investments is approximately R2.3 million,”

explained Sekgotodi.

Van der Westhuizen granted R5 000 bail. The case has been postponed to 10 June. Warrants for arrests have been issued for the other two suspects.

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