The highly wanted suspect, Muhammed Ismail Essack aged 46 involved in a series of fraud cases, corruption and theft, committed in the Modimolle policing area between 2014 and 2019 had today on Monday, 16 November 2020 appeared before Modimolle District court.
The suspect was denied bail and his cases were postponed to 24 November 2020 for formal bail application and for further police investigations.
The Detectives jointly with the Crime Intelligence Unit in Modimolle, received a tip-off from members of the community which they followed immediately and arrested the said suspect on Sunday, 15 November 2020 at Makapanstad in the Gauteng Province.
This suspect is presently linked to 26 different cases including frauds which he allegedly committed in the Modimolle Policing precinct during the said period.
The suspect is believed to be owning a Motor dealership that sold second hand vehicles in Modimolle town.
In one of his fraudulent dealings, the suspect allegedly accepted a sedan motor vehicle from the complainant, as a trade in on 20 March 2014. The complainant apparently wanted a bigger sedan motor vehicle. The contract was signed for the suspect (dealership) to settle the outstanding amount with the relevant bank but this was allegedly not done. The complainant was consequently compelled to pay two monthly instalments for both vehicles.
Fraud cases were also reported against the suspect between those years which resulted in 19 vehicles being seized by the financial institutions. Some of the complainants reported that they never received the vehicles that they already paid for at the dealership and some traded them in for other vehicles but also the outstanding money has not yet been settled with the relevant banks.
Subsequently, the owners also had to pay the banks for the vehicles that they purchased and also for the old ones that they used as trade-ins during the transactions.
In May 2015, the suspect was arrested and later granted R1000 bail by the Modimolle magistrate court and he thereafter disappeared and failed to re-appear before court. A warrant of arrest against him was then issued.
The Police investigations are still continuing