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Man convicted for attempted fraud

MASERU — A Matsieng man, Mothabeng Koeshe, 29, was on Thursday convicted for attempted fraud. He was slapped with a three-year jail term or a fine of M3 000. Two years, or M2 000 were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar crime during the same period. Koeshe was charged for contravening Section 68 (1) of the Penal Code Act of 2012.

 

The crown said Koeshe intentionally and unlawfully presented to Rasele Cash Loans manager, Senate Qhobela, fraudulent documents that included a pay slip to acquire a loan of M2 700. The crime happened on July 31. Evidence presented in court showed that Qhobela realised there were some irregularities on the documents. The crown alleged that even though Koeshe knew there were these irregularities he continued to submit the documents in an attempt to defraud the business.

 

The convict pleaded guilty to the charge and in mitigation asked for the court’s leniency saying he did not plan to defraud the business. He also claimed that he had an eight-month old baby to look after. The case was before Magistrate Monyake Hlabanyane and was prosecuted by Motsamai Shabangu. — Lena

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