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Repeat offender sentenced for cyber fraud

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A Rosedale man, who received a suspended sentence for fraudulently selling a house in 2022, was handed down another three-year sentence by the Upington Regional Court after he was convicted of a repeat offence.

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A ROSEDALE man, who received a suspended sentence for fraudulently selling a house in 2022, was handed down another three-year sentence by the Upington Regional Court after he was convicted of a repeat offence.

A spokesperson for the SAPS in the Northern Cape, Sergeant Omphile Masegela, said on Wednesday that the accused, Granville Saunderson, 33, was convicted by the Upington Regional Court in August 2023 for fraud.

“He defrauded a potential homeowner of R178,000 through a fake house sale transaction in December 2022. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment, wholly suspended on condition that he compensated the complainant. He was released on a repayment arrangement, which he failed to honour,” said Masegela.

He added that a warrant of arrest was issued for Saunderson.

“He was re-arrested in May, whereupon his six-year prison sentence became effective.

“Meanwhile, upon his arrest, another case was brought against him after he lured another unsuspecting victim by enticing him to buy a house that he advertised for sale in October 2023.

“A purchase agreement of R140,000 was reached, where the buyer drafted a sale agreement while occupying the house. An amount of R70,000 was paid into the account of the accused. The buyer later learnt that the house did not belong to the accused and that the sale transaction was illegal.”

Masegela added that Saunderson was recently convicted of cyber fraud and money laundering by the Upington Regional Court.

“He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, five years of which will run concurrently.”

The investigating officer, Sergeant Tshepo Morwaagae. Picture: SAPS

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