Fat chance of escape



October 10, 2016
Fat chance of escape

BUST: Portia Goodwin, 31, was caught selling fake vouchers

Convicted fraudster is bust again, this time for violating parole.

“Dik skelm” Portia Goodwin might soon find herself back in the tjoekie after hearing correctional services is hunting her for violating her parole.

This came out on Friday as the 31-year-old appeared at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on charges of fraud.

The notorious Manenberg resident was again arrested last Wednesday, this time by Diep River police for a 2015 case, using the same modus operandi she was previously convicted for.

It’s alleged she duped an employee at a petrol filling station into paying her R600 for a fake Pick n Pay shopping voucher.

This was her second arrest in less than a month on a similar offence after she was nabbed by Mowbray police on September 17 for allegedly conning an employee at another garage near Red Cross Children’s Hospital into giving her R2 000 for an invalid shopping voucher.

Dressed casually in a grey tracksuit pants and a tiny green jersey, the accused stood before Magistrate Xoliswa Ndoyana and requested a legal aid lawyer.

State prosecutor, Andile Thembani, said Goodwin was being charged with fraud for the 2015 matter.

She allegedly went to a petrol station and told an employee the manager had sent her to drop off a Pick N Pay voucher, for which she was paid R600, only for it to be later discovered that the voucher was invalid. No further details were given.

“But it would seem the accused goes around doing this, she has previous convictions in Athlone in 2011, 2014 in Bellville and 2013 in Athlone,” he explained.

“She is also wanted for the violation of parole; she was sentenced to 18 months and violated the terms of her parole.

“The State will be opposing her release on bail.”

Last year, a Kuils River magistrate sentenced Goodwin to 18 months in prison, suspended for five years, on condition she not commit a similar offence, after she pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud.

Magistrate Ndoyana postponed the matter to tomorrow for Goodwin to get a lawyer.

Just three weeks ago, the mother of one walked out of the same court without having to appear after senior prosecutors sent her docket back to Mowbray police station so that the investigating officer’s statement could be re-written, after the prosecutor could not make out the handwriting.

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