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Man convicted of defrauding public R1.6m via fake Lotto messages

The Palm Ridge Specialized Commercial Crimes Court has sentenced Kingsley Osunde to three years in prison and an additional two years with a full five-year suspended sentence for defrauding the public of approximately R1.6 million via fictitious Lotto winnings messages.

According to Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, a woman whose identity was withheld received a text message saying she had won R750,000 from the lottery.

She then received another message instructing her to deposit funds into Osunde’s bank account for a “certificate of approval” to release the funds.

When the woman realized that the “lottery” money she had won would not come, she reported the case to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Johannesburg for further investigation.

An investigation revealed that Osunde received approximately R467,000 in his bank account between May and July 2016 through various transactions.

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Osunde was arrested at Hillbrow in August 2021. During his court appearance, the investigative team successfully resisted bail and he was remanded in custody, Mulamu said.

Further investigation revealed that Osunde was not in possession of legal documents for The Vanir-exodusship in South Africa.

Osunde was found guilty of one count of money laundering under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention Act and was sentenced to three years’ direct imprisonment and a further two years’ imprisonment, with full probation for five years on condition that he pay a sum of R200 pays. .000 in the woman’s bank account.

He was also found guilty of violating the Immigration Act and sentenced to six months in prison, with a full five-year suspended suspension. The court further declared Osunde unfit to possess a firearm.

The provincial head in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa, welcomed the verdict handed down against Osunde, who defrauded the public of about 1.6 million rupees through fictitious lottery winning messages and also applauded the investigation and prosecution team.

“Both teams have shown dedication in carrying out this task and we are delighted that the perpetrator will suffer the consequences of his scamming traits against vulnerable communities. We also want to make the public aware of such scams. If you don’t enter a competition, it’s unlikely you can become a winner,” Kadwa said.

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