A 40-year-old estate agent from Bloemfontein was convicted and sentenced for fraud, forgery, and money laundering.
According to Hawks regional spokesperson in Free State, Captain Christopher Singo, Nomakhosi Veronica Gans (40) appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ court on Thursday.
“She was convicted and sentenced as charged for fraud, forgery, contravention of the Estate Agency Affairs Act and money laundering,” he said.
Singo said her conviction originates from the incident during the period of May 2017, where a victim deposited the money to Gans Property Investments for purchasing houses at Mafora Bloemfontein.
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“Later, Gans contacted the victim and indicated that the properties at Mafora were no longer for sale and she would search for other properties. The victim then told Gans that she was not interested in other properties and she then requested a refund of R175 000, which she deposited to Gans Property Investment,” Singo said.
He said Gans then told the victim that her company was experiencing some financial difficulties and she would refund the money at a later stage.
After numerous follow-ups were made with Gans, the victim received no money.
The matter was then reported to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team based in Bloemfontein for further investigation which culminated in Gans being served with summons on 12 June 2020.
Gans appeared in court on several occasions concluding with her recent conviction.
The court sentenced Gans to eight years imprisonment for fraud which is suspended for five (5) years on condition that she refunds the victim a total amount of R175 000 on or before 31 December 2024.
Three years imprisonment for forgery, five years imprisonment for contravening the Estate Agency Affairs Act and another five years imprisonment for money laundering, which is suspended for five years.