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FREE STATE – Jean Pierre Andre Jonker (33) appeared before the Bethlehem Commercial Crime Court Yesterday, 07 December 2021 where he was convicted and sentenced for fraud.

His conviction emanates from an incident which took place in 2019 where the victim bought a tractor from Jonker and paid R250 000 deposit.

After he finished settling the amount the bank came and repossed the tractor. It was discovered that when Jonker sold the tractor to the victim it was still under finance from the bank. As a result the victim was prejudiced and suffered a total loss of R250 000.

The matter was then reported to the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team based in Bethlehem. Jonker was issued with summons on Tuesday, 02 February 2021. He appeared in court on several occasion culminating his recent conviction.

The court sentenced Jonker to five years imprisonment wholly suspended for five (5) years on condition that he repay the victim an amount of R250 000 before the end of today.