Cup fraudster gets jail time

2010-06-16 08:22
Johannesburg - A man was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after he was convicted of defrauding a US tourist wanting to hire a car for the World Cup, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

Johan Nel was arrested by police on June 12 after he tricked the American visitor into believing he owned a car rental company, spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

The American then deposited R2 271 into Nel's wife's account in return for a vehicle which he wanted to drive to Mpumalanga, Mhaga said.
Nel failed to deliver on the deal.

The court also revealed that Nel had more than 10 previous convictions relating to fraud and theft, Mhaga said.

"The majority [of charges] are fraud and theft with the last being a conviction for fraud in Polokwane in February, where he was sentenced to three years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit the same offence during the period of suspension.

"In view of him being in violation of the condition of suspension of the sentence by being convicted of the same offence, prosecutors in Polokwane will requisition him from prison so that the suspended can be effected."

Nel was tried and sentenced in one of the 56 courts dedicated specifically to crimes related to the World Cup, Mhaga said.

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