Cape Town – Police have arrested a woman, who has been on the run since 2017 and was wanted for several cases of fraud and theft by false pretenses.
The 54-year-old woman was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport.
She allegedly “defrauded unsuspecting job seekers and people aspiring to acquire nursing qualifications”, police, said.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspect had allegedly run Bogus Nursing Colleges and fraudulently registered unsuspecting students under the pretext that they would acquire Diplomas in Nursing.
#sapsLIM #Wanted fraudster nabbed on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport after being on the run since 2017. The suspect defrauded unsuspecting job seekers and persons aspiring to acquire nursing qualifications. MEhttps://t.co/knVQKzq38U pic.twitter.com/IIA24b85hX
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“The victims were also assured of employment across the province upon completion of their studies. The suspect’s fraudulent dealings were unmasked when it was eventually discovered that the colleges were not authentic.
“The students immediately opened cases of fraud and theft under false pretences against the woman in Polokwane, Morebeng, Thohoyandou, Waterval and other places in Gauteng Province,” Mojapelo said.
Initially, the suspect avoided arrest and had been on the run since 2017 when she fled to Nigeria.
“The breakthrough was made on Saturday 10 March 2023, when Detectives from Makhado received information about the wanted suspect returning to South Africa from Nigeria and that she would be arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at midday. The members pounced on her soon after she arrived at 12:00 at the airport,” said Mojapelo.
Provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe commended the detectives who arrested the suspet.
Shet is expected to appear before the Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen