Suspected swindler lands in court

  • Second hand clothes dealer defrauds four men over M10 000
  • Police warn against cashless transactions with strangers

LIKELELI MAJARA

MASERU – A Ha Nqheku man who swindled four men out of M10 600 on the pretext of selling imported second hand shoes was on Monday October 26 released on a M500 bail by the Maseru Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that between April and October 2022, Thabiso Mei, 25, of Ha Nqheku, Nazareth, on the outskirts of Maseru posted false information on Facebook, advertising his second hand clothes business.

It is further alleged that Keketso Khasane, Relebohile Ramokoena, Serame Tau and Boitelo Ramangoela responded to the advert, which had invited potential customers to pay 50 percent for a bale of imported second hand shoes, the balance of which was to be settled upon delivery of the goods.

Magistrate ’Makopano Rantšo heard on Monday how Khasane paid a deposit of M3 800, while Ramokoena, Tau and Ramangoela paid M2 700, M2 400 and M1 700 respectively for their orders.The four victims later reported the incident to the police when their orders failed to materialise, leading to the eventual arrest of Mei.The accused was granted bail on condition that he does not interfere with the Crown witnesses, stand trial to finality and attends all remand hearings.

He is expected back in court on November 7.Commenting on the escalating rate of cybercrime in the country, police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, said they are working tirelessly to curb this new trend of crime.He warned members of the public to refrain from paying for goods and services through cashless transactions to unknown salespersons in order to avoid being scammed.

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