GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - A woman from Sedgefield, Marianne Roux (32), spent last weekend in custody at the Conville Police Station after she was arrested in connection with a theft case that was reported to the police in January this year.
Roux, who was arrested at her home in Sedgefield on Friday 21 June, allegedly conned prospective holidaymakers and accommodation establishments out of thousands, acting as a booking agent.
She appeared in the Thembalethu Magistrate's Court on Monday where the case was postponed to 11 July for a formal bail application. She remains in custody.
According to Southern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Malcolm Pojie, Roux allegedly defrauded people by using deposits meant for accommodation establishments throughout the Southern Cape to finance her own lavish lifestyle.
"So far 13 complainants have come forward. This scam is believed to have swindled innocent people out of thousands of rand. We believe that more people could have been conned and appeal to potential victims to report it to their nearest police station. People as far as Lephalale, Midrand, Kempton Park and Bellville have fallen prey to this scam," said Pojie.
Roux has allegedly been approaching people searching for holiday accommodation in the Garden Route on social media since last year, and would then pocket deposits and rental fees amounting to more than R70 000.
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