A retired South African National Defense Force (SANDF) Colonel was arrested for fraud by detectives attached to the Provincial Commercial Crime Unit on Tuesday, August 24.
According to a police statement, the retired Colonel and his cohorts were arrested after various retired SNDF members laid criminal complaints against him for fraudulently representing to them that the Queen of England and the British Army made millions of dollars available, as a pension payout to each such retired applicant.
Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk says it is alleged that at least 40 000 retired members responded to the “Colonel”, and as part of the application each one paid an R40 administration fee, with the hope to receive the pension payout.
” Based on the envisaged pension payouts, the Colonel managed to further obtain loans, in excess of R2 million, with the promise to repay the loan when the funds are cleared in South Africa,” Van Wyk indicated.
Van Wyk added that further investigations also led to the arrest of the two suspects, who appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s court Wednesday, August 26.
” Victims of this fraudulent scheme are warned not to respond to Conradie and or his agent requests for payments and is kindly requested to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Andre Pekeur at 083 270 9034 with information,” Van Wyk reiterated.
Meanwhile, the EFF leader Julius Malema is at it again, this time lashing out at the SANDF following a statement calling him out for spreading “fake news”.