Close This website uses modern features that are not supported by your browser. Click here for more information.
Please upgrade to a modern browser to view this website properly. Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Opera Safari
your legal news hub
Sub Menu
Events Calendar

No events for this date


Unfortunately, there are currently no vacancies.



Con artist gets 12 years for fraud

Publish date: 27 January 2011
Issue Number: 2725
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

Con artist Leon Claassen (53), who masqueraded as a retired magistrate and milked more than R800 000 from an unsuspecting member of the public, has been jailed for 12 years by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court.

The Herald reports Claassen pleaded guilty to stealing R878 875 from his victim. He had worked as an administrative clerk at the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court, but left and formed a company called Leon Claassen Financial and Legal Consultant. In 2007, he convinced an acquaintance that he worked with people in the investment business who could help him invest his money. He pretended to be a magistrate to gain his victim's trust and persuaded the victim to part with the money he had received from the Road Accident Fund. Full report in The Herald (subscription needed)