- A gardener, who has been identified as Sabelo Mdlovu, was allegedly cheated out of his inheritance
- According to reports, the deceased employer's neighbour and her attorneys allegedly changed the will
- The three people have since been arrested and granted R2000 bail
- They are set to appear in court early in February 2019
On 15 September 2012, Charlotte Davies, who originally hails from Germany, passed away. However, having no living relatives, the elderly lady left everything to Mdlovu, who worked for her at her Durban North home for the past decade.
Following her death, Mdlovu called on her neighbour, Pamela Pillay, to help him sort out the affairs of the deceased.
According to an official media statement by the Hawks, Pillay gave Mdlovu a thousand rands and allegedly told him to return to his smallholding while they kick of the process on his behalf.
However, Mdlovu soon found out the 62-year-old retail manager and her two lawyers, Rodney Reddy and Pravin Rajadene, tampered with the will.
"Upon his return he noticed that the three had allegedly altered the deceased signature on the will, putting themselves as beneficiaries," the statement added.
Mdlovu opened a case of fraud against the three people at Durban North Police Station the same year. Briefly.co.za learned the case was handed over to the Hawks in 2016 for further investigation.
The official statement by the Hawks added the three people allegedly stole R78 million.
The suspects have since been arrested but they were granted R2000 bail each. They are expected to appear in court again on 4 February 2019.
Despite being granted bail, the state managed to secure a preservation order against the three alleged fraudsters.
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