Alleged tombstone fraud

LEPHALALE — Lephalale Police are investigating a case of fraud after arresting the 57-year-old Charl Nell on Monday 6 July around 12:00.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Police Cluster spokesperson, Lephalale Detectives followed up on alleged fraud committed by Nell, a former employee of AVBOB Funeral Services in J Louis Botha Ave in Lephalale.

He allegedly charged a customer, William Makalela Mathibela, R8 800 as a deposit for a tombstone valued at R70 500.

Mathibela visited AVBOB’s offices on 2 July around 11:00 to enquire about the tombstone and he was told that, according to their records, they never received a deposit payment from him.

According to WO Mokoena, the deposit slip that he had in his possession, was fraudulent. He used the company’s logo and address to make it look like a real receipt.

AVBOB informed Mathibela that Nell wasn’t working for them anymore and that he was working for another tombstone company. Mathibela went to Nell’s new workplace and confronted him but Nell allegedly refused to repay the deposit money and Police were called. Nell was arrested and charged with fraud.

According to WO Mokoena, Police are investigating the possibility that Nell may be guilty of other similar fraud crimes. They are requesting people who suspect they have been cheated by Nell with deposit payments to AVBOB, to come forward. Nell allegedly claimed that he was an AVBOB employer after he left the company.

Enquiries can be directed to Detective Constable Ndwamato on 079 765 8761 or Lephalale Police Community Service Centre (CSC) on 079 889 6247.

Nell appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 7 July and the case was postponed to Thursday 9 July for formal bail application.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.