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A 45 years Edmond Okechuku was sentenced to six years behind bars by the Piet Retief Magistrate Court on Monday after being found guilty on charges of fraud, forgery and manufacturing of false tertiary qualification certificates.
An investigation that was carried out by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Mpumalanga led to the arrest of the convicted on the 16th of October 2019.
The Hawks say they followed a tipoff information which they received about the sale of fake tertiary certificates sold to the public by the convicted.
“The self-employed salon and internet café operator based in Piet Retief was approached by a police agent who needed N6 Human Resources certificate for which he charged R1500.”
“Okechuku pleaded guilty on all charges, subsequently the Piet Retief Magistrate court sentenced him to six years direct imprisonment. Furthermore he was denied leave to appeal the sentence and declared unfit to possess a firearm” said the Hawks’ Spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi.