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December 20, 2013
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January 20 court date for woman on fraud charge

A 22-year-old woman accused of signing fraudulent documents purporting to be her grandfather, in relation to a property dispute, is to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court next year when the matter will be mentioned.

Garfiesha Smith who has been charged with three counts of forgery and three counts of uttering forged documents.

Smith is to return to court on January 20, as the file is incomplete.

Allegations are that the accused visited a justice of the peace (JP) and presented documents in her grandfather's name to be signed.

It is alleged that Smith contacted a man and stated she was in charge of a family property and legally authorised to conduct business on her grandfather's behalf.

Futher allegations are that the accused proceeded to evict tenants from the property and started recruiting new persons to occupy the premises.

The matter was reported to the police when relatives became suspicious, as they said the complainant's grandfather was known to be illiterate and not capable of writing his name.

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