South Africa: Suspect Sought for 24 Fraud Cases

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The Police in Modimolle are appealing for information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect who is wanted for a series of fraud cases that he allegedly committed in the Modimolle Policing area.

The crimes were committed at different places in Modimolle between March 2014 and September 2019. The suspect apparently owned a Motor dealership that sold second hand vehicles in Modimolle town.

In one of his fraudulent dealings, the suspect allegedly accepted a sedan motor vehicle from the complainant, as a trade in on 20 March 2014. The complainant apparently wanted a bigger sedan motor vehicle. The contract was signed for the suspect (dealership) to settle the outstanding amount with the bank but this was allegedly not done. The complainant was consequently compelled to pay two monthly instalments for both vehicles.

More fraud cases were also reported against the suspect between the years 2014 and 2019 which resulted in 19 vehicles being seized by financial institutions from other different dealership premises. Some of the complainants reported that they never received the vehicles that they already paid for at the dealership and some traded them in for other vehicles but also the outstanding money has not yet been settled with the relevant banks.

Subsequently, the owners also had to pay the banks for the vehicles that they purchased and also for the old ones that they used as trade-ins during the transactions.

According to the records, the suspect was apprehended for fraud in May 2015 and was granted R1000 bail by the Modimolle magistrate court and has since absconded to appear in court again.

The suspect is believed to be in and around the Lenasia area in Gauteng Province.

Muhammed Ismail Essack aged 34, (pictured below), is requested to report at Modimolle Police Station or at the nearest Police Station to assist with investigations of these crime incidents.

The Police are appealing to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in these incidents or who can recognize the man in the picture, to contact Detective Sergeant Amanda Rossouw at 071 133 8524, or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station.

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