Fraudster gets long jail term

Kathryn Kimberley

TWO years on the run ended badly for a crooked Port Elizabeth estate agent yesterday when she was sentenced to prison after her victims told the court how her misdeeds had ruined their lives.

Alida Wewege, who defrauded investors out of more than R1-million, was eventually tracked down to a golf estate in Pretoria.

Yesterday, she was sentenced to an effective eight years in prison.

It was between August 2009 and April 2010 that Wewege, an independent estate agent, convinced the complainants to invest in a housing scheme.

She told them she had a contact person in the bank through whom she could buy properties that had been repossessed by the bank at a very low price.

Wewege said after fixing up the properties, she would be able to resell them at double the purchase price.

But by the end of 2010, when investors failed to reap the rewards, they reported their suspicions to the police. Wewege went on the run but was eventually traced to Pretoria in May this year, where she was working as an events coordinator.

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