R18 million fraud, Hawks seek suspect

South African Police Service

R18 million fraud, Hawks seek suspect
R18 million fraud, Hawks seek suspect. Photo: SAPS

The Gauteng Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Hawks is seeking public assistance in tracing Shareen Govender who allegedly swindled victims of an estimated amount of R18 million during 2021.

It is alleged that in March 2021, Govender pretended to be a director of Aurum Line Pty (Ltd), a personal protective equipment (PPE) company, an existing company which she had no ties with. It is reported that through the use of this company, she lured and misled potential investors to invest into her venture then promised high monthly returns on investments made, which never materialised.

The victims grew tired of empty promises as she did not keep her end of the bargain. It became apparent that she falsified her documents for the sole purpose of extorting funds from the unsuspecting victims.

The case was reported to the Johannesburg based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team. The probe revealed that Govender had several cases opened against her. She is believed to be still in the country, possibly around KwaZulu-Natal province.

The public is urged to report her whereabouts to Captain Hennie Pretorius on 079 886 3555, information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. Anyone who is harbouring her stands to be charged for complicity after the fact and defeating the ends of justice.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service