As the court keeps putting criminals behind bars, a motorist caught with a stash of cash in his boot while driving from Gauteng to Botswana has been jailed for five years for fraud.

The Hawks’ Captain Matimba Maluleke said Nicholas Fouche, 25, was also served a suspended sentence of four years for money laundering by the Lephalale regional court.

He was arrested on August 7 last year after being stopped by officials at the Stockpoort port of entry near Lephalale.

“He was asked if he had anything to declare to the customs officials before crossing the border into Botswana and his response was that there was nothing to declare.”

However, on searching his vehicle, “and to their astonishment, a stash of R1,750,000 cash was found hidden inside a bag in the boot of his vehicle.”

Fouche made several court appearances and was granted R150,000 bail until he was convicted on September 11. His sentencing took place on Tuesday.

The R1.75m has been forfeited to the state.