MINE OWNER ARRESTED FOR R147 MILLION FRAUD IN KIMBERLEY

MINE OWNER ARRESTED FOR R147 MILLION FRAUD IN KIMBERLEY
 
PRETORIA – The Head Office based Hawks’ Serious Economic Offences Unit arrested a businessman for allegedly defrauding another businessman from the United Kingdom of millions.
 
On Wednesday 28 June 2023, the accused, Christopher David Kimber (62) handed himself to the Hawks offices in Kimberley where he was charged with two counts of fraud, two counts of money laundering and was taken to court. He appeared in the Kimberley Magistrates’ Court and he was released on R100 000 bail.
 
It is alleged that in 2013, Kimber who owns mines in the Northern Cape met with the businessman from the United Kingdom over an investment of buying 50% shares of his businesses. The businessman reportedly paid R147 million into Kimber’s bank account but the money was transferred into personal bank accounts, thus no investment was made.
 
When the businessman realised that no investment has been made, he reported the matter to the police. The Hawks conducted an investigation which led to Kimber’s arrest.

He will return to court on 17 August 2023.  

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