Ex-employee appears in court for defrauding clients


A 29-year-old suspect appeared in the Welkom Magistrates court on Tuesday, 20 May 2020 on charges of fraud, theft and possession of suspected stolen property. The suspect, Johannes van der Walt, was granted bail of R1500 and will appear in court again in June.

According to a statement by the Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, it is alleged that Van der Walt previously worked for a security company and when he left his job he failed to return the uniform. He thereafter, allegedly pretended to still be an employee of the company and defrauded the company’s clients while using the company’s name.

Van der Walt allegedly did so by providing clients with services and goods on a private capacity. The suspect not only failed to produce paper work for clients but failed to complete the services as well. This resulted in clients who became angry at the company as they were defrauded with more than R7000.

A blue file containing SOG documents, Johnson shirts with SOG logos, cargo pants, a RDC tester and an alarm wire were seized from Van der Walt.

Any person who fell victim to the defrauding scheme of Van der Walt can contact the investigative officer Detective Warrant Officer Lorette van Rooyen of the Welkom Detectives Service on 057 391 6276 during office hours.