Fake Facebook Doctor TshwaneKingsley Chele (Image: TimesLive)

Police Rearrest Fake Facebook Doctor Scammer in Tshwane

Police in Tshwane have rearrested a fake Facebook doctor, known as Kingsley Leeto Chele, who escaped police custody in Lyttelton.

A manhunt was launched shortly after Chele escaped police custody during a routine cataloguing of his belongings.

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Scamming Scheme Unveiled

Police spokesperson Colonel Mavela Masondo shed more light on Chele’s modus operandi.

Kingsley Leeto Chele, using aliases Dr Kingsley Chele and Dr KJ Ncube, posed as a doctor or pharmacist to deceive women on Facebook. He tricked health professionals into investing in non-existent projects while extracting large sums of money from them.

Chele’s fraudulent activities came to light when two fraud cases were reported in Sunnyside and Klipgat in June. He was denied bail when he appeared before the Pretoria magistrate’s court and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on October 17.

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Escaping Custody: The Great Getaway

The investigating officer in the case roped in the asset forfeiture unit to attach Kingsley Chele’s property which he is suspected to have accumulated as proceeds of crime, including a 2023 VW Golf GTI. During routine cataloguing of his belongings on October 11, Chele managed to escape police custody.

“On October 11 Chele managed to escape from custody when police were cataloguing his household items at his residence, and he has been on the run since then. Police have registered a case of escape from lawful custody at Honeydew police station,” said Masondo.

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Police Rearrest Fake Facebook Doctor In Tshwane

In a positive turn of events, the South African Police Services (SAPS) confirmed on Monday that they successfully rearrested Kingsley Leeto Chele. The arrest was made possible thanks to a tip-off and assistance from the media. Chele will now face an additional charge of escaping from lawful custody during his court appearance on Tuesday.

By Tayana

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