An alleged fraudster who made more than R87, 500 writing learner licence exams for more than 25 applicants has been caught by the Durban police. The man had reportedly charged each applicant R3, 500.
The law enforcement officers have found at least 25 tests written by this person with different names on each of the tests.
“We identified a green book ID that had a picture pasted on top of the original identity photo. The photo of the suspect was on top, which made it look like it was his ID, but with a different barcode, name and ID number,” Chief provincial inspector Lance Colborne explained. “We then realised that there were 25 more files with the same picture, but different names. I quickly recognised the man because I had arrested him before, in connection with a similar case but as an accomplice,” Chief provincial inspector Lance Colborne explained.
Although the man is suspected of cheating at several test stations in KwaZulu-Natal, the police can now confirm 25 cases in Pinetown.
“The perpetrators come into the testing stations and write on behalf of the applicants, and they don’t even take five minutes and they are done. We’ll trace those who give these perpetrators their IDs to commit the fraud and find them, and they will be brought to justice,” Colborne concluded.