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2021/09/07      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel P Nkwalase   |   Province:  Gauteng

PRETORIA – A 39-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrates' Court to face charges of fraud, illegal possession of bank cards and contravening the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECTA) of 2002.

This follows after the seizures of an assortment of bank cards totalling 349,15 cell phones and a bank speed point that were found in the suspect’s apartment.  It is alleged that the suspect failed to pay rental for the apartment and the owner came to serve a notice and to inspect the said property.

Local police were called when the suspect refused to grant access to one of the rooms, upon arrival the suspected fraudulent items were found and seized for further investigation. the suspect is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

In a separate and unrelated matter, a final forfeiture order was granted by the Johannesburg High Court on 25 August 2021 to deposit about $ 60 000 US dollars, equivalent to over R9000 000 into the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA).

The money was uncovered by the Customs officials from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport on the 7 March 2019, from Wahee Suleman (45). He was subsequently charged for contravening the Customs and Excise Act of 1964.

Suleman was granted R20 000 bail by Kempton Park Regional court and successively appeared several times in the same court before he pleaded guilty on the charge. He was on the 13 March 2020, sentenced to R20 000 fine with an alternative 12 months imprisonment. Furthermore a two year sentence, suspended for three years with stringent conditions was also imposed on him.