A PROPHET from the Internal Glory Ministry church in Walvis Bay was arrested in Ondangwa almost a year after it came to light that he solicited money from a member of his congregation under false pretences.
Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said the alleged fraud occurred sometime between August and September last year and that it involves an amount of more than N$425 000.
“It is alleged that the suspect unlawfully and intentionally defrauded the victim by pretending to own a company that is selling shares. The victim, a 25-year-old unemployed woman, paid money into his account on several occasions and also gave him cash to the tune of N$425 000,” he said.
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu, the transactions for the purported sale of shares was done without either the suspect or the complainant signing any documents.
He said the prophet, who is still to make an appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud, theft under false pretences and money laundering, is accused of using the funds he obtained from the victim for himself.
He said detectives of the Commercial Crime Investigations Subdivision eventually found the prophet suspected of theft and fraud in Ondangwa earlier on Thursday, where they affected the arrest.