Another charge for Facebook ‘fraudster’

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone.
A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone.

FRANCISTOWN: A Mahalapye man who allegedly swindles people out of their hard-earned cash using Facebook has another offence added to his charge sheet.

The state alleges that Phatsimo Ketshabile fraudulently and unlawfully obtaining P9,500 from Kemang Busang at or near the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) camp by falsely representing that he was selling a Honda Fit car to Busang while he knew what he was saying was dishonest.

When Ketshabile appeared in court on Friday for a status hearing and bail ruling, Prosecutor Gasemotho Pitlagano told the court that the police managed to get a statement from another complainant, Pearl Sethunya, who said that the accused obtained money from her through false pretences. “As such, we will make an application for the substitution of the previous charge sheet when the accused appears in court during the next mention. We, therefore, pray that the accused should be further remanded in custody,” Pitlagano said.

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