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51-year-old woman stands accused of defrauding an elderly couple out of nearly a quarter million rand of their pension money

ACCUSED: Lesley Nieuwenhuizen
EMPTY promises of financial security have resulted in criminal charges against a Kimberley resident who is accused of defrauding an elderly couple out of nearly a quarter million rand of their pension money.

Lesley Nieuwenhuizen is facing multiple charges, including fraud and money laundering, and will remain in custody until her trial continues in mid-October.

The 51-year-old accused allegedly enticed Martin and Brenda van Aswegen to hand over R200 000 of their pension money, assuring them that the transaction would ensure that their financial woes ...