Rosedale fraudster facing time in jail for cyber fraud and money laundering

Rosedale fraudster facing time in jail for cyber fraud and money laundering
Rosedale fraudster facing time in jail for cyber fraud and money laundering. Image source: Pixabay

The determination and excellent investigation by Sergeant Tshepo Morwaagae of Rosedale Detectives to fight against fraudulent activities was lauded by the management of the SAPS in the Northern Cape after a 33-year-old man was incarcerated for two separate fraud cases.

Granville Saunderson (33) was initially convicted in the Upington Regional Court in August 2023 for fraud where it was alleged that he defrauded the victim of R178 000-00 through a fake house sale transaction in December 2022.

He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment suspended on condition that he compensated the victim, and was released on a repayment arrangement, which he failed to honour.

A warrant of arrest was issued, and his 6 years imprisonment sentence became effective subsequent to his re-arrest in May 2024.

Meanwhile, upon the arrest of the accused, another case against him was under investigation during which he advertised a house for sale in October 2023, and the unsuspecting victim who was interested started communicating with him.

After an agreement of R140 000-00 purchase price, the victim was granted a draft sale agreement while occupying the house.

An amount of R70 000-00 was paid into account of the accused. The victim later learnt that the house does not belong to the accused, and therefore, the sale transaction was illegitimate.

The accused was recently convicted for Cyber Fraud and Money Laundering in the Upington Regional Court and was sentenced to 8 years and 5 years of imprisonment respectively which will be served concurrent with the previous charge.

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