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FOUR businessmen who believe that Eugene Olivier of Multi Truck Center has fleeced them of hundreds of thousands of rand might be sorted out soon.
The amount refundable totals R600000.
Olivier's attorneys are now dealing with the complaints.
Mzamo Mini of the Eastern Cape said he had been battling since August to recoup R200000 he paid Olivier of 284 Deodar Street in Kempton Park, Gauteng.
Mini said he bought a 2001 Nissan truck for R300000 from Multi Truck Center and deposited the money into the company's business account on June 27 2009.
He was promised delivery within six weeks, but no truck was ever delivered, he said.
Mini then cancelled the sale.
Olivier gave him two cheques for R150000 each, but they bounced, Mini said.
"This really made me mad," he said.
He said Olivier paid him R100 000 when he threatened to expose him.
"He has not paid the balance and ignores my calls," Mini complained.
Maxwell Peter of Thabazimbi in Limpopo has a similar story. Olivier promised to deliver his truck within four days of receiving the money, Peter said.
"On August 14 I deposited R100000 into his company account and without taking my address, he promised to deliver the truck in seven days," said Peter.
He never did.
"During the first week of September I drove to Kempton Park because he did not answer my calls. Olivier said he would deliver a week later," Peter said.
"I spend sleepless nights thinking how to get this guy to give my money back. I am telling you, I am about to take the law into my own hands," he said.
Raymond George of KwaZulu-Natal sold his truck through Olivier a year ago.
His truck was sold to Thomas Mutazhatsindi for R160000. He said his commission was R10 000, which he took from the purchase amount.
"He has not paid my contract price and I will withhold the papers until I get my money from him," George said.
On the other hand, Mutazhatsindi has lost out too.
"I have lost many deals since I bought this truck," he said.
Peter was paid his R100000 last Thursday after Consumer Line's intervention.
When approached for comment, Olivier said he had made a number of bad deals that led to his being unable to deliver the trucks to the buyers.
He undertook to refund the aggrieved buyers.
With respect to George, Olivier said he could only refund him once he gets the papers for the truck.
Olivier denied that this was a scam and blamed the recession. His attorneys, Anton Killian, have contacted most of the aggrieved parties.
Killian said his client was not running a scam and did not intend selling his business.
"Our client, as many other businesspeople, is experiencing a temporary cash flow problem.
"He will deal with each matter personally and endeavour to resolve each matter amicably," Killian said.