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Bail for Guardian Fund fraud accused

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The accused appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of fraud and theft

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THE MAN who was arrested for allegedly defrauding a client of R850,000 that should have been paid into the Guardian Fund received bail of R10,000 in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The accused, Bhudi Nicholas Mkhonza, was arrested by the Hawks on April 23 in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

Provincial Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said Mkhonza was charged with fraud and theft.

“The matter was postponed until June 17, where the matter would be heard in the regional court,” said Mnisi.

She said that in 2017, the accused allegedly pretended to be an attorney and assisted the complainant to complete documents for submission to the Master of the High Court to claim from the Guardian Fund.

“It is alleged that he requested the complainant to transfer R850,000 into his personal bank account so that he could invest it on her behalf. The unsuspecting victim co-operated and that was the last she saw of her money.”