Kayla van Petegem
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6 Oct 2016
10:00 am

Two false prophets granted bail

Kayla van Petegem

The fraudsters charged their victims for services rendered under false pretences.

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Two suspects accused of fraud while pretending to be pastors have been granted bail in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.

The suspects Deon Niemandt, 45, and Era Duminy, 41, were granted R1 000 bail each. The matter was postponed to November 29 for further investigation, Rekord East reported.

They were arrested following an investigation that has lasted more than a year.

The investigation related to fraudulent activities in Gauteng and other provinces.

“Several victims reported cases to the police after the fraudsters offered several professional services, including pastoral care and counselling, while they were not registered for those professions,” police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

“They would then charge the victims for the services rendered under false pretences.”

Dlamini said the fraudsters pretended to be pastors of the Soldiers for Christ Ministry, which defrauded several people.

Ther fraudsters rented an office in Pretoria.

“Police had seized several documents.”

Dlamini said police investigation was continuing.

The Pretoria Central Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit asked other people who might have been defrauded to come forward.

– Caxton News Service