A Gauteng man has been charged with fraud after allegedly faking his death, taking on the name of a deceased man, and living “a low-key life” along the scenic Garden Route, where he was discovered on Tuesday – 23 years later.
Robin Smith, 67, and his wife, Alice Abigail Boschoff, 59, were both detained.
Ramovha went on to say that Smith founded an auto repair company and that his wife handled the business’s administration.
“Around 2020, Old Mutual was alerted to the potential that they had been duped because Smith was still living.”
After an internal investigation, a fraud docket was opened in October 2020 and sent to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime division.
He stated: “The team worked diligently to track the couple down to a hideout in Knysna, where they were apprehended on Tuesday. Two unlicensed guns were discovered during the search. A case of illegal guns possession has now been added.”
Ramovha was unable to say whether the couple had children or whether their families were aware that Smith was still alive.
He did, however, state that they had led a “very low-key life” since 1999.
They appeared in court in Knysna on Wednesday and are expected to be moved to