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Bellville Woman Convicted of R3 Million Auction Fraud Scheme

Michael Hawthorne

Virginia Dawn Wilscot, 60, was convicted on 25 March 2024 by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for fraud, theft, forgery and uttering.

The court heard that between 2012 and 2017, Wilscot posed as a registered agent who could buy houses and vehicles at auction for her victims. She allegedly presented them with fake and altered documents to support these claims. The victims then made payments into Wilscot’s bank account for services that were never rendered, resulting in losses of R3 million.

The Hawks’ Bellville-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team investigated the matter after it was reported. Wilscot was arrested and has been an awaiting-trial prisoner since September 2017. She was found guilty of 20 counts of fraud, one count of theft and eight counts of forgery and uttering.

The case has been postponed to 12 April 2024 for sentencing.

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