Another former accomplice of alleged gangster Nafiz Mod…

On Friday, June 24, Reza van Oudtshoorn was found guilty of fraud after reaching a sentence and plea agreement with the state.

The fraud was committed in June 2020 and relates to Van Oudtshoorn’s compilation of an annual financial statement ending February 29, 2020 relating to Empire Investment Cars. He first said that Natasha Kinnear, a chartered accountant, had signed a declaration which was used for the financing of assets of Nedbank.

However, he admitted in his plea and sentence agreement that he lied and that Kinnear never signed the document.

Van Oudtshoorn admitted that on June 3, 2020 – with intent to defraud and harm Natasha Kinnear – he prepared and submitted, at the request of Nafiz Modack, an annual statement for the year ending February 29, 2020 for Empire Investment Cars based on information provided by Modack.

“…Nafiz Modack provided me with all the information…I compiled the financial statement and provided it to Nafiz Modack. I confess to having indicated in Empire Investment Cars’ annual statement that Natasha Kinnear, a chartered accountant who worked with me at RR Accounting Services, compiled the financial report,” reads her plea and sentence agreement.

Van Oudtshoorn was fined R10,000 or sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for five years.

Van Oudtshoorn’s name first appeared in September 2021 during a hearing in Blue Downs Regional Court for Modack’s bail application.

Hawks investigator Captain Edward du Plessis – part of the task force investigating the 2020 murder of former anti-gang unit detective Charl Kinnear and failed attempt on life of criminal attorney William Booth in April 2020 – stated in his September 29, 2021 affidavit that the Empire Investment account was used for criminal activity.

Du Plessis identified Van Oudtshoorn as a co-conspirator in criminal activities allegedly carried out by the Modack firm. Other suspects involved, according to Du Plessis, were Modack’s brother Yaseen, Mogamad Adiel Mukadam, murder co-defendants Zain Kilian, Ricardo Morgan and Amaal Jantjies, who the state says conspired with Modack to murder Charl Kinner.

On how the Empire Investment Cars account was used to conceal Modack’s criminal activities, the flow of money demonstrated in the Du Plessis affidavit showed;

  1. Yaseen Modack was until May 8, 2020 the director of the company. The director mandate was changed to Mogamad Adiel Mukadam on May 6, 2020 and was backdated to May 2019.
  2. Du Plessis discovered that Mukadam was receiving a monthly salary from Empire Investment of R100,000 which started on August 7, 2020.
  3. Du Plessis found 39 suspicious transactions totaling R1,237,500 made between August 28, 2018 and October 1, 2020.
  4. Rehana Ismail, Modack’s wife, reportedly confirmed 57 payments worth R455,200 from Empire Investment Cars to her personal account, and that these payments were made by her husband between July 28, 2018 and August 28 2020.

Du Plessis further found that the Empire Investment Cars account allegedly made 12 payments to Zane Kilian totaling R96,500 between February 26, 2020 and September 4, 2020, 19 payments to Ricardo Morgan (R140,000) between September 19 2019 and December 12, 2020, and five payments to Amaal Jantjies (R64,000) between November 9 and November 15, 2019.

Modack and debt collector Kilian are the main defendants in the murder of Detective Kinnear in September 2020, and key players in the attempt on the life of Cape Lawyer William Booth on April 9, 2020.

Van Oudtshoorn is the third plea and sentence agreement in which suspects have singled out Modack.

The first was the confession of Junky Funky Kids gang member Fareez Smith in April. Smith was arrested outside Kinnear’s home on November 23, 2019 and found in possession of a hand grenade. He had been instructed to throw it at Kinnear’s house.

On June 6, Moegamat Toufeeq Brown, 35, gang leader of the Terrible West Siders (TWS), aka “Bubbles”, appeared in court for the attempted murder of Booth.

The connection to Brown first emerged in a plea and sentencing agreement of three TWS gang members (Kauthar Brown, Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gesant) reached with the state in April 2021. The trio admitted that Booth’s attempted murder had been ordered by their imprisoned leader.

On June 8, Modack, Brown, Ziyaad Poole, Fagmeed Kelly, Riyaat Gesant and Mario Petersen were formally charged with the 2019 murder of Nicolaas Heerschap, the 74-year-old father of Hawks investigator Nico Heerschap.

The following day, June 9, Modack and Poole appeared in Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court in connection with the murder of tugboat driver Richard Joseph.

The two murder counts will be added to the state’s preliminary indictment against Modack and his co-defendants, which are due back in Blue Downs Regional Court on July 6. DM

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