Five foreigners held for fraud

Port Elizabeth - Five Italian men have been arrested for fraud in the Eastern Cape after allegedly trying to sell heavy duty goods worth an estimated R3m, police said on Tuesday.

The men, aged between 32 and 60, were arrested on Monday, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said.

The men allegedly pretended to be buyers of heavy duty equipment, who were unable to transport them back to Italy.

They then approached people and tried to sell the equipment at a discounted rate.

"They even make their offer convincing by showing the potential buyer the copy of a fake invoice of the equipment which reflects a much higher purchase price.

"The equipment includes heavy duty drills, chainsaws and generators to name but a few," Janse van Rensburg said.

Two of the men, travelling in a Toyota Venture, were arrested in Colchester, near Port Elizabeth, in possession of some of the equipment. They were wanted in Nigel on similar charges.

Three others were arrested at a bed and breakfast in Jeffreys Bay after a case was reported in Humewood, Port Elizabeth.

They were in possession of a large quantity of the equipment, an undisclosed amount of money and copies of stickers used to hide the equipment's brand names, Janse van Rensburg said.

"One suspect is still on the run and police are following leads to arrest him."

The group would appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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logical007 2014-08-06 07:53:27 AM
why in this story is it necessary to give the nationality of people involved? Usually, articles don't read "3 Zulu men murdered or raped old lady on farm." N24 report the facts all the time!!
Helen Sanya 2014-08-06 07:57:47 AM
No one complaints of the name calling if they were Nigerians. I suppose ya"ll dissapointed that these criminals are not Nigerians. Sis!
Stephen AndKathy Whiteley 2014-08-06 08:00:20 AM
Education, disease, (and crime,) know no (colour). (With apologies to a former Archbishop of Cape Town). Therefore I agree: the facts should be reported all the time. S
Lawrence Robert Atkinson 2014-08-06 08:03:28 AM
I'm confused, what crime were they committing. The story is full of unnecessary details (the they drive and their choice of accommodation), but not those details that count. Selling is not a crime. We're the goods stolen? Rebranded? I'm lost.
Armand Fouche 2014-08-06 08:09:37 AM
Read again just read it's not that hard
Monsternari@hell 2014-08-06 08:31:21 AM
It is not like us Italians to do things like this
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-06 08:33:27 AM
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-06 08:45:27 AM
Gino, what your mama teach you. Only steal what you canna carry, capish.
Krystle C. Theologo 2014-08-06 08:57:45 AM
They where at my shop and I new there was something wrong with it tell me they had a expo in jo burg but came to pretoria to sell a water pump and a big gen with an invoice tell me they bought it here and it cost him $8000 but I can buy it for R30000
Mabasa Jo Kapeta 2014-08-06 09:46:52 AM
Every nationality and race has got scumbags,thieves,rapist,corrupts and murderers