A 38-YEAR-OLD Northcliff, Johannesburg, man was upbeat when he walked into the Langlaagte licensing department in Johannesburg yesterday to get a driver's licence.
But what he had not bargained for was an attentive official who spotted irregularities on his learner's licence and alerted his seniors.
Minutes later he was being interrogated to explain how he had obtained the fake document.
He spent last night in the police cells and will appear in court soon on a charge of fraud.
Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane, who was at the testing station, said one of the irregularities was that the man paid for his learner's licence at the Roodepoort licensing department but collected it in Randburg an hour later.
"The document looks genuine. It is only when you go through it that you realise that there are a lot of irregularities," Mamonyane said.
" It shows that on July 15 2008 he went to the Roodepoort licensing department and paid at 1.42pm. He then collected his learner's licence in Randburg at 2.58pm.
"There is no way one can write in Roodepoort and have his learner's licence issued in Randburg in just an hour. You do testing at the station where you confirmed your booking. The booking takes three weeks to confirm and you will write two weeks after confirming."
Mamonyane said a former Metro police employee in Randburg had sold the man a fraudulent document before she disappeared.
" She worked as a cashier and did not put her name on the document as the person who had received the payment. She used a fake signature."
She said the employee absconded when she realised she was being investigated in an unrelated but similar fraud case