Woman who opens fraud case against Ponzi Scheme meets with resistance from SAPS

The resident who opened the fraud case against a suspected Ponzi Scheme, called ‘Money Stokvel’ experienced some resistance when she attempted to open a case at the Vryheid charge office last night, but she did not back down.

“A cousin of mine, who is in the police service, told me we cannot find these people if there is no case, so I went last night to the police station, at 4.40pm to be exact. When I got there, there was no one in the charge office. I waited a while and a warrant officer came out to assist a man who was before me. I took out my investment papers so long. He saw my papers and he said to me, ‘Ag, you can take it away.’ He said, ‘You all got involved in this at your own risk. Now, I am not going to make any cases on that.’ I phoned my family member, who is a police officer. I told him they were reluctant to help me. He advised me to ask for the station commander on duty, which I then did. At first he was also reluctant to help, but I convinced him that we had to open a case. Eventually, he suggested I come back in the morning.”

This morning the resident returned to the police station, and was assisted by a police officer, who took her statement.

SAPS communications officer, Captain Cheryl Venter confirmed that a case has been opened. Anybody who has lost money to ‘Money Stokvel’ can now go to the station and give their statement.

Every statement will act as a supporting document in the investigation.

To make it easier for victims of the scheme to make a statement, click here for a printable affidavit form. Fill in page 1 of the form and attach a copy of your identity document and a copy of the contract and receipt that you received from ‘Money Stokvel’. These documents can then be taken to the charge office. You will have to fill have to fill in page 2 of the form in the charge office, in the presence of a police officer. You must quote case number 245/6/2018 at the charge office when handing in your affidavit.

“Eventually, we all want our money back, but if the scam can stop there, then at least we can make sure that nobody else loses their money. If you stood in the queue to hand in your money to this person, then stand in the queue to do this case. At the end of the day if there is a claim against them and you haven’t done your statement, you actually can’t claim your money back when it goes to court,” advised the resident.

“It is like someone commented on Facebook… It’s nice to dream, but I will never be tempted to invest in this type of scheme again. Now, we know that they are conmen,” she concluded.

ALSO READ: No arrests made in Vryheid’s suspected Ponzi Scheme, rumours prove false

AND: ‘Money Stokvel’ operators close up shop, millions lost in suspected Vryheid Ponzi scheme

  AUTHOR
Estella Naicker

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