Loan applicant posing as ‘orthodontist’ faces R25m fraud charge

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The case of a 60-year-old man who allegedly presented himself as an orthodontist to apply for a loan has been moved to the Cape Town Regional Court. According to a Cape Argus report, Gerrit Erasmus Burger, alias Dr Johannes Hattingh, briefly appeared before Magistrate Reaz Khan on charges of fraud in the Cape Town Magistrates Court.

Burger, who resides in Plettenberg Bay, faces charges of fraud to the tune of R25m, and was not asked to plead. He intends pleading not guilty.

The report says the matter stems from an incident at Cape Gate Mall in Brackenfell on 30 August last year. According to court papers, he presented himself as a Dr Hattingh and allegedly applied for a R19m loan at Standard Bank. In a similar incident committed on 13 November last year, he applied for a loan of R25m.

The report says it was the use of fraudulent documents that led to his arrest. Investigation by the Hawks Serious Crime Unit uncovered the two fraudulent applications with the same documents. He was released on R15,000 bail on 6 March.

The report says according to an affidavit, the accused, after completing his school career, completed a BProc degree at the University of Pretoria.

The matter was postponed by Magistrate Khan to 4 September for Regional Court referral.

Cape Argus report

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