South African man goes to prison for Pistorius scam attempt

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 7:05 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say a man who posed as a prosecution official and targeted Oscar Pistorius in a scam attempt has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Police said Tuesday that 33-year-old Tshifhiwa Radzhadzhi was arrested in March after telling Pistorius that he could quash the former Olympic runner's conviction for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in exchange for about $26,000.

Authorities say Radzhadzhi was arrested on March 18 while receiving some of the money from Pistorius in a police sting operation, and was convicted of corruption and impersonating a prosecutor.

Pistorius, who murdered Steenkamp in his home in 2013, was sentenced on July 6 to six years in prison after a long legal saga. South African prosecutors have appealed the sentence, saying it is too lenient.