Suspect that allegedly posed as a cop and swindled job seekers of money granted R1k bail
Pretoria - A 28-year-old man arrested by Limpopo police on charges of fraud and corruption after he allegedly swindled people of their money while posing as a police captain has been granted bail.
Titus Tshwarisha Maake, from Witten village in Senwabarwana was released on a R1000 bail on Wednesday by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court according to Limpopo police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
“He was granted R1,000bail and the case was postponed to 30 April for further police investigations,” Ngoepe said.
Under the guise of being a captain from the Limpopo SAPS provincial human resource management, Maake would allegedly call unsuspecting people who wanted to enlist in the police force and instruct them to deposit money into various bank accounts, purportedly to cover the cost of medical reports.
“He would thereafter, instruct them to take the receipts to the recruitment office as proof of payment,” said Ngoepe.
“Upon arrival, the victims were shocked to learn that they (had been) scammed. Cases of fraud were immediately opened and the intelligence-driven joint operation was activated.”
Maake was arrested at Lethuli Park in Seshego outside Polokwane earlier this month by members of the Limpopo provincial investigating and crime intelligence units.
“The suspect may be linked to other similar cases as the police investigations are still continuing,” said Ngoepe, urging victims of such scams to contact the police.