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Hawks arrests a woman accused of defrauding 350 people in a fake entrepreneurial program

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  • A 25-year-old fraudster was arrested for not appearing in court.
  • She and her boyfriend allegedly detained 350 people from the administrative fees paid to participate in the entrepreneurship program.
  • Victims are said to have been promised a monthly R3000 benefit.

The alleged fraudster, who allegedly detained 350 people in paying for a fake entrepreneurial program, was re-arrested after she did not appear in court.

Palesa Maje, 25, was released on bail after her first arrest, but she was unable to attend one of her appearances.

On Sunday, members of the Hawks’ serious corruption investigation team in Mpumalanga re-arrested her in an informal settlement in Gauteng’s Honeydew, said Hawks spokesman Captain Dine Lucy Segotodi.

She appeared in the Mbombela Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

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In 2017, Maje and her boyfriend Bongani Sibuyi allegedly launched an entrepreneurship program in Bushbuckridge, inviting unemployed youth.

“Young people of interest applied, were interviewed, and more than 350 qualified learners were told to pay R250 administration fees to the bank accounts of unregistered companies belonging to the two defendants. The learners were promised to receive the R3000. Monthly benefits, “Sekgotodi insisted.

But the payment didn’t happen and the two “disappeared,” she added.

“The victim tried every possible means to find the suspect but was unsuccessful. The problem was reported to the Hawks and [an] An investigation was conducted and as a result, two accused were arrested. [they] He was later released on bail. “

Maje and her co-sponsored boyfriend will reappear in court on Friday.


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Hawks arrests a woman accused of defrauding 350 people in a fake entrepreneurial program

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