Senior prosecutors to handle Scheepers fraud case

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Cape Town – Two senior State advocates are to prosecute suspended police captain Paul Scheepers when he goes on trial in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Bellville on multiple fraud charges.

After numerous preliminary appearances in the Bellville District Court, Scheepers made his second appearance on Tuesday in the commercial crime court, before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

Scheepers, 44, faces 23 fraud charges, as well as one alleged contravention of the Private Security Industry Act, one violation of the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act and one relating to the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca).

At Tuesday’s proceedings, senior State advocate Max Orban scheduled a pre-trial conference for September 27.

He told the court that he and senior State advocate Thersia du Toit-Smit would prosecute the case as a team.

Defence attorney John Riley is to represent Scheepers.

Scheepers, who is out on R20 000 bail, was attached to the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit, but also ran his own private detective agency, Eagle Eye Solutions Technology.

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