Lawyer accused of stealing purchasers’ cash launched on bail

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Pretoria – Pretoria North Court has granted Mola Attorneys’ Nkoemakae Mola bail of R10,000 for 15 fraud and 15 theft cases, the National Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.

“It is alleged that since 2019 Mola has defrauded potential homebuyers of over R2 million by posing as a lawyer handling the sale of a property.

“It is alleged that he would ask any prospective buyer to transfer a certain amount to Mola Attorneys’ bank account for the property,” said North Gauteng’s regional spokesman for prosecutor Lumka Mahanjana.

“When the money was booked on the account of the Mola lawyers, he should then transfer the money to his private account.”

Mahanjana said after opening several cases, Mola was arrested at his home in Burgersfort on July 6, 2021.

“The prosecutor resisted his bail on the grounds that Mola was an escape risk and that he was aware of the applicants, which could lead to intimidation. He further stated that Mola is likely to commit similar crimes while on bail, ”Mahamjana said.

“However, the court gave him bail on the condition that Mola should give the investigator his passport. He should not travel abroad and have no direct or indirect contact with complainants and witnesses in this matter. “

The matter has been postponed until October 27 for further investigation.

In December, a Northwest attorney, Isak Snyman, 46, was sentenced to ten years in prison by the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria for stealing trust funds.

Hawks spokesman Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said Snyman was hired in 2010 in the UK to buy and register properties on behalf of clients.

“After that, approximately R 4 million was deposited into his escrow account. Instead of buying the property, the defendants embezzled the funds, ”said Rikhotso.

“The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Economic Crime Investigation and a thorough investigation was conducted, which resulted in the suspect being brought to justice.”

Snyman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended on condition that he repay the money in monthly installments of R50,000 until the balance is paid in full.

African News Agency (ANA)

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