By Kaya 959 News
A 34-year-old woman has appeared in court after she allegedly defrauded her aunt’s estate of over R3 million.
Hawks spokesperson, Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, said Busisiwe Monamodi was arrested and charged for fraud, forgery, and uttering.
She said in August 2018, Monamodi allegedly submitted fake documents to the Master of the Gauteng High Court claiming that she was the sole beneficiary of her aunt, Refiloe Monamodi’s estate.
Mulamu said further investigations revealed that Monamodi allegedly claimed over R1.5m in cash and two immovable properties worth approximately R1.5m combined.
Woman murdered by daughter
The 54-year-old aunt was allegedly murdered by her daughter, Lerato, in March 2017.
She assaulted and drowned her disabled mother in a swimming pool. Lerato had previous brushes with the law.
Monamodi senior was left disabled following a car crash.
The elderly woman’s body was found floating in the pool. A neighbour spotted the daughter withdrawing money at the local ATM after her mother’s death.
Mulamu said Lerato was found guilty of her mother’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018.
Monamodi was arrested by the Hawks and has subsequently appeared in court. She was granted R5000 bail and the matter was postponed to September for further investigation.
Man defrauds pensioner
Mulamu said in a separate case, a 44-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly defrauded a pensioner.
Vusumuzi Victor Ntsangani was arrested and charged with fraud, theft, forgery and money laundering.
“It is alleged that the complainant received a phone call from a bank consultant indicating that there were suspicious transactions from the complainant’s account.
“An amount of R280 000 was allegedly transferred into the suspect’s bank account without the complainant’s authorisation,” Mulami said.
She said the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation successfully traced and apprehended Ntsangani in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.