Setjhaba Mofokeng
1 minute read
31 Jan 2019
9:39 am

Elderly Soweto man busted with at least R2.5m in forged money

Setjhaba Mofokeng

The 66-year-old man insisted the money belonged to someone else.

Naledi police going through the money they found.

Police recovered fake money in Soweto amounting to R2.5 million at an elderly man’s household last week Tuesday, reports Westside-Eldos.

Local police from Naledi Police Station received a tip-off about an elderly man who was allegedly in possession of large sums of money.

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The police then followed up and went to the alleged house in Emdeni and found a photocopy machine, which further added to their suspicion.

This printer was found at the house where the fraudulent money was also found.

Upon further inspections around the house, the police found fake money that could amount to more than R2.5 million.

Police counting the money they found.

Upon contact with the police, the owner of the house, a 66-year-old man, alleged the money belonged to someone else.

He was then arrested by the police on the scene, and will appear at the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court on Thursday to face fraud charges.

Police took the opportunity to warn street vendors to be careful when someone was buying from them, especially those who buy using one-hundred and two-hundred rand bank notes, because in most cases, street vendors don’t have the necessary machine to check whether the bank notes are fake or real money.

The Naledi Police applauded the community of Emdeni for coming forward with the information and bringing it to the police. “Residents should also remember that the police can only be successful if the community works hand in hand with the police.”

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