Miranda Thandaza Lubisi (22), a Tzaneen dealership fraudster, was sentenced for fraud by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday, 12 May 2023.
On 16 September 2022, the accused visited a vehicle dealership in Tzaneen and showed interest in a Hyundai Atos valued at R346 122-39. The accused was assisted by the salesperson at the dealership to apply for vehicle finance. It was later approved by Wesbank.
The vehicle was successfully delivered to the accused. After a few months, the bank was audited and it was discovered that the accused used fraudulent documents to apply for vehicle finance. The case of fraud was opened at Tzaneen police station. It was later transferred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for further handling.
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A thorough investigation was conducted and consequently, the accused was arrested and charged with fraud. After a few court appearances, she was granted bail. This was until she was sentenced to pay R10 000 or 2 years imprisonment.
She was further sentenced to five years which is suspended for 5 years. On condition that she does not commit similar offences during the suspension period.