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)