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By Zaya Williams
Fraud accused Pastor Gavin Otto will have to wait a few more months for the fate of the seventh case against him to be determined.
Otto is facing charges related to defrauding several individuals by accepting payments for goods and services that were never delivered.
Six cases have already been transferred to the High Court, while the last one remains pending in the Magistrates’ Court.
The outstanding case, dating back to March 2023, involves allegations that Otto accepted over $15,000 from an individual in exchange for a 40-foot container that never materialized.
However, this specific accusation is just one among the myriad of charges Otto is grappling with.
The other six cases against him include charges of fraudulent conversion and obtaining money through false pretences.
These cases revolve around allegations that Otto received money from multiple individuals for various services he failed to provide.
The common thread in these cases is the claim that victims paid for containers that were never received.
For instance, one woman asserts that she paid Otto $16,000 in February 2021 for two 40-foot storage containers, which were never delivered.
The cumulative amount Otto is accused of fraudulently obtaining exceeds $100,000.
The prolonged legal process is extending the uncertainty surrounding Otto’s legal predicament, as he awaits the resolution of the remaining case on May 14 and the impending proceedings in the High Court for the six cases already committed.