Farmers defrauded of R8.5 mill worth of cattle, 2 found guilty, Bloemfontein

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Farmers defrauded of R8.5 mill worth of cattle, 2 found guilty, Bloemfontein
Farmers defrauded of R8.5 mill worth of cattle, 2 found guilty, Bloemfontein

Scott Brown (42) and his accomplice Zelda Maddocks were found guilty on 24 counts of fraud and a further 24 counts of money laundering.

In 2016 Brown approached livestock farmers and expressed interest to purchase cattle from them. He managed to get away with cattle worth more than R8.5 million with an arrangement that he would pay the sellers after he was paid by the abattoir.

No money was paid and an investigation by the sellers revealed that Brown sold the cattle to the abattoir and pocketed the money himself. An investigation by the Hawks led to the arrest of Brown and Maddock in December the same year.

On Monday, both Brown and Maddocks were found guilty on 24 counts of fraud and 24 counts of money laundering as stipulated in Sec 4 read with Sec 1 and 8 of POCA, Act 121 of 1998. The two who are out on bail and will be sentenced on 8 and 9 October 2019, in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court.

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