fnb debit order fraud 2019

Credit and cheque cards. Photo: AdobeStock

Hawks bag three successful convictions for Cape Town fraudsters

The cases received official sentencing.

fnb debit order fraud 2019

Credit and cheque cards. Photo: AdobeStock

The operating card fraud syndicates in the Western Cape have been slashed open by the Hawks as the courts’ sentence fraudsters, on Wednesday, 28 August.

Three separate convictions obtained by the Hawks’ ATM Task Force and Serious Commercial Crime Investigation have been successful, and sentencing resumed at the Bellville and Athlone Magistrate Courts respectively.

Hawks: A waiter has been convicted for six accounts of fraud

Celesani Cele, a 31-year-old affectionately known as “Sunny”, a waiter at a favoured Table View restaurant. Cele has been sentenced to six counts of fraud, for violating the Electronic Communications and Transactions (ETC) Act, 25 of 2002, and money laundering.

Cele has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment and gained a further 3 years behind bars for violating the ETC Act 25 of 2002. An additional seven years has been added to his sentence for money laundering, accompanied with a five years suspension.

This case has been brewing since 2018, where Cele was arrested at work in the restaurant by the Hawks ATM Task Force Team. In his possession, Cele had a bank card skimming device and a notebook with banking details of various restaurant patrons.

A master of cloned cards had purchased merchandise worth R31 000

Another conviction for cloned cards was successful for the Hawks’ task team, as they followed up on a pending case from June 2019 at Tygervalley Mall. The 33-year-old, Lukhanyo Bokolo, was apprehended at a store in the mall, where he was caught with five cloned cards and had purchased merchandise worth R31 000.

Bokolo pleaded guilty to all charges at the Athlone Magistrates court and was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the ECT Act 25 of 2002. The Bellville Magistrate court also found him guilty and sentenced him to three years imprisonment for fraud, as well as an additional three years for violating the ECT Act, and both charges will run concurrently.

Hawks: A fraudster is requested to pay an R100 000 fine for counterfeit goods

At the Athlone Magistrate court, 31-year-old Nuur Abdulahi Ahmed, was sentenced to three years behind bars and ordered to pay R100 000 for contravening with Counterfeit Goods Act 37 of 1997.

Ahmed is the owner of Ubuntu wholesaler located at Monwood Drive, in Phillipi and was trading counterfeit goods in the store. He was arrested on November 2017, during an intelligence-driven operation by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team alongside Adams & Adams Attorneys.

Ahmed counterfeited Anchor Yeast products

In the search and seizure, 4540 counterfeit Anchor Yeast sachets were found which amounted to R18 000. The court found him guilty and Adams and Adams Attorneys will receive R100 000 from Ahmed, before the end of August 2019, in favour of the Anchor Yeast brand holder.