A bogus journey agent who duped an organization out of greater than R6 million has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.
The ‘agent’ was named as Michael Janse van Vuuren. The proof was that in December of 2018, Van Vuuren offered himself as a journey agent to a complainant and promised to make preparations for a Supercar Membership often known as Le Côterie to take a gaggle journey to the 2019 F1 Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. It was, in response to Jap Cape press, to be an all-inclusive package deal together with air tickets, lodging and entry to the Grand Prix. Others have been duped into parting with their cash to attend the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix.
It was alleged that Van Vuuren by no means booked the journeys, however merely pocketed the money.
Apparently, Van Vuuren was arrested and has made a number of courtroom appearances, however then absconded earlier than his conviction in October this 12 months on 49 counts of fraud. An additional warrant of arrest was issued and Van Vuuren was convicted, in absentia, on November 1.
Subsequently, the Hawks are believed to have tracked him right down to Buffalo Lodge in Komatipoort, the place he was re-arrested. Van Vuuren was remanded after which sentenced final week to 12 years.