‘Prophet’ to appear for N$800k fraud, theft

10 August 2020 | Crime

Leandrea Louw



WALVIS BAY

A self-proclaimed prophet from the Internal Glory Ministry church is set to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court this week following his arrest for allegedly swindling five women out of a whopping N$800 000 in cash.

All five victims are members of the church.

According to Erongo crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Ikuyu, the 29-year-old faces fraud, theft under false pretences and money-laundering charges.

One of his victims was allegedly conned out of N$425 000.

“It is alleged that the suspect unlawfully and intentionally defrauded an unemployed 25-year-old victim by pretending to own a company that is selling shares. He convinced the victim to pay money into his account as well as giving him cash, which later totalled to N$425 000.

“She did not sign any documents and the suspect used the money for his personal needs,” Ikuyu said, adding that this occurred between August and September 2019.

N$800k swindled

The prophet was arrested in Ondangwa last Thursday after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Ikuyu said he may appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

“The first victim of his schemes inherited money from her late father, which she used to invest in his so-called company. “Thus far, four [other] women also came forward, saying they have invested between N$15 000 to N$75 000 each.”

The money the prophet swindled amounts to N$800 000, Ikuyu said, adding that none of the women signed any documentation pertaining to their investments.

No money has been recovered.

“Apparently, each time the women approached him about their investments, he would have an excuse.”

Police investigations continue.

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