SWAKOPMUND: An alleged habitual fraudster made his first court appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
South African citizen Adriaan Pienaar, 50, appeared before Magistrate Andre Matulich on one count of fraud.
The case was postponed to 12 November 2012, pending Police investigations.
NamPol’s Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa told Nampa on Wednesday that the accused apparently defrauded a well-known shop in Walvis Bay of cigarettes worth about N.dollars 86 000.
The deputy commissioner added that NamPol was informed that there were several more shops in the harbour town that shared the same fate, but they did not report it to the police.
She further said that Pienaar will soon appear in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of defrauding a meat wholesaler of N.dollars 31 733.
The accused also has pending cases of alleged fraud in Windhoek and Keetmanshoop.
The Namibian newspaper reported a week ago that Pienaar allegedly deceived a number of businessmen in southern Namibia out of groceries and cigarettes worth N.dollars 500 000.
According to the newspaper article, Pienaar allegedly won the businessmen’s trust by falsely misrepresenting himself as the owner of a company, which turned out to only exist on paper.
The suspect allegedly bought groceries and cigarettes and pays in cash to foster trust, and later offer to pay by cheque for subsequent purchases.
He then allegedly convince them to let him buy on credit but then does not pay the bills.
Pienaar appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on 24 September this year, and was charged with two counts of fraud.
Pienaar and two co-accused persons also face a total of nine counts of fraud in the Windhoek Regional Court.