Hawks arrest salesman (50) for helping woman (24) get Nissan Micra

The woman did not qualify to get the car but through other means the car ended up in her hands.

The Hawks in the Mpumalanga province have charged a garage salesman with fraud after payslips and bank statements were tampered with.

Once they they were done arresting the man, the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit then moved in and nabbed the 24-year-old woman.

The Hawks said Portia Shekwa (24) and 50-year-old Jabulani Mapiyeye face charges of fraud at the Mbombela Magistrates Court after their arrest on 12 April 2018.

Mapiyeye worked as a salesman for a car dealership in the Mbombela area and Shekwa came to him in March this year, wishing to own a Nissan Micra that was on the floor.

There, Mapiyeye discovered that Shekwa would not qualify for the R178 000 car and then tried to make other means for her to qualify.

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The fraud charge was laid by the owners of the garage after they discovered fraudulent documents were submitted to them for the purchase of the car and the Hawks moved, arresting both the customer and salesman.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said Mapiyeye allegedly told Shekwa that he is going to organise a payslip and a bank statement “so that she could qualify”.

“Mapiyeye created and submitted a fraudulent payslip and bank statement to one of the prominent banks in the country,” Sekgotodi said on Tuesday this week.

Their arrest on Friday morning comes immediately after Shekwa came to collect the Micra on Thursday mid-day.

They were released on a R1000 bail each this week Monday and will return to court on 28 May 2018.

(edited by ZK)

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