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handcuffsDaily News reports that three persons who allegedly pretended to be employees from the Department of Health and who conducted a raid at a supermarket on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast have been charged with fraud.  

The suspects - two men and woman aged between 34 and 38 - are expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.  In addition to fraud charges, they also face charges of extortion.  Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that on 10 May the three apparently misrepresented themselves as health department employees.  "They approached a supermarket on Nelson Mandela Drive in Port Shepstone and proceeded to check the expiry dates of various items.  They allegedly further requested the storekeeper make a cash payment to them.  The owner of the store then contacted the department to confirm the visit.  This resulted in the three suspects fleeing in their vehicle."  Upon their arrest, a vehicle with false registration plates, reflective jackets, fraudulent documents from the health department, identity cards as well as stamps were found in the suspects’ possession.  The hired vehicle they had used was fitted with fake health department signage.

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