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I'm handing myself over, she tells police

By unknown | Nov 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Luzuko Pongoma

Luzuko Pongoma

She calls herself Manuel Moabelo, and she has conned 18 families around Johannesburg by renting out the same townhouse to all of them.

Now she has sent her victims SMSs apologising for "what I did to you".

The con artist also surprised the police at Midrand by phoning them, saying: "I know you are looking for me. I am coming to hand myself over."

Police say she promised to come in last Friday, but did not. She then promised to show up at the weekend, and repeated the same pledge yesterday.

The woman netted herself R136000 in a week ago after taking R8000 in advance deposits from 17 families for a townhouse in Midrand.

The families were shocked when they all arrived, keys in hand, on the same day to move into the same townhouse.

Last week another woman claimed she had been conned in the same way in Randburg by the same woman.

After being exposed by Sowetan last Wednesday, Moabelo contacted her victims and the police.

Inspector Moses Maphakelela confirmed that Moabelo had called the police and said she would hand herself over yesterday.

But by yesterday afternoon the police had given up on Moabelo ever showing up as she had not called again.

"If she does not hand herself over, we will circulate her car registration number and if she is stopped by the police, she will be arrested," said Maphakelela.

Moabelo apparently called her victims and promised to pay back the money.

Tshidi Matlawa said Moabelo was crying on the phone when she spoke to her.

"She said she had a problem but was going to pay me back," said Matlawa.

The con woman also sent text messages to other victims, in which she said she was ashamed and sorry for her actions.

She promised to repay the victims their money .

She said she would also be handing herself over to the police soon.


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