Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

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Zimbabwean sentenced for vehicle fraud

Arthur Moyo, a 32-year-old Zimbabwean, was found guilty on fraud charges totalling more than R1,6 million and sentenced by the Emalahleni Regional Court last week.

Moyo was convicted on four counts of fraud and one count of contravening Sections 18(1) and 18(2) of the Identification Act. He was sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment, but the court ruled that he will serve 15 years effectively.

Moyo’s conviction came after he went to the Mazda dealership in Witbank and the Ford dealership in Nelspruit and used counterfeit bank statements, salary slips and counterfeit identity documents to apply for vehicle finance in November 2017. After the applications were approved, he collected the vehicles.

The same modus operandi was used at Klerksdorp Motor Mart on 17 November 2016, in Polokwane at Galactic Ford on 13 January 2017, and in Rustenburg at Leons Rustenburg Ford on 13 January 2017.

The total value of the losses by the banks is over R1,6 million.

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