A former police captain who illegally ran his own private detective agency, and now faces multiple charges of fraud, is to go on trial in May next year.
Paul Scheepers, 44, made his final preliminary appearance on Thursday in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court, before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.
The magistrate scheduled his trial for May 2 next year, and set it down for two consecutive days.
Scheepers , who is out on R20 000 bail, was attached to the Crime Intelligence Unit, but was also moonlighting as Eagle Eye Solutions Technology.
He faces 23 fraud charges, as well as one alleged contravention of the Private Security Industry Act, one violation of the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act and one relating to the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
Cellphone service providers may not provide cops with cellphone records without a subpoena, signed by a senior magistrate and the prosecuting authorities.
It is alleged that Scheepers fraudulently included the numbers of cellphones under private investigation by his own detective agency.