Fake lawyer allegedly conned ABSA out of R17 million and disappeared

Fake lawyer allegedly conned ABSA out of R17 million and disappeared

- A fraudster is accused of conning ABSA bank out of R17 million before pulling a disappearing act

- The man is also accused of bribing staff at the Master of the High Court office to get private files

- The alleged conman was busted as a fake lawyer when it was revealed he faked his legal qualification

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A man with three names is believed to have defrauded the ABSA bank out of a whopping R17 million.

The man is knows as Muhamed Ismail Patel, Patel Muhamed and Mohamed Ismail.

TimesLIVE reports that an investigation into the man who pretended to be a lawyer is ongoing.

However, the fake lawyer has since disappeared and his whereabouts are unknown. It is rumoured that he might be somewhere overseas.

ABSA is believed to have evidence against the man with three names and it shows he conned the bank out of R17 million. The man also allegedly faked a legal qualification.

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It is also believed the fake lawyer bribed staff at the office of the Master of the High Court to get his hands on files.

The man was stripped of his lawyer robes in 2017 when it was revealed that he faked his BProc qualification.

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