FREE STATE – Accused Johandre Visagie (24) was convicted after he was found guilty as charged for fraud and money laundering by the Bloemfontein regional Court.
It is alleged that on Sunday, 27 May 2018 the complainant consulted with Visagie who presented himself as a forex trader. He then enticed the victim to invest in an investment scheme purportedly trading in foreign currency (Dollar or Euro) with very high returns.
The complainant consequently transferred R16600 and R1 Million respectively on 29 May 2018 but no returns on investment were received. When the complainant attempted to enquire with Visagie he was nowhere to be found.
The Bloemfontein Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team traced and served Visagie with court summonses on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. He appeared in court on several occasions culminating in his recent conviction on Thursday.
The court has convicted Visagie on four (4) counts of fraud as well as four (4) counts of money laundering. The case has been postponed to Wednesday, 17 February 2021 for sentencing.