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2022/06/07      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 7 June 2022 - In a bid to reduce levels of serious commercial crimes, the Provincial Commercial Crime Investigation Unit in conjunction with Klerksdorp Tactical Response Team (TRT) arrested Masenki Joseph Mosokotsane (52) and Tuweng Isaac Taje (54), for fraud, theft and possession of counterfeit notes during a crime intelligence led operation on Thursday, 2 June 2022.

The arrest came after intelligence was received that the accused were conspiring to commit fraud at Potchefstroom Post Office. Reportedly, the accused arrived at the Post Office and one of them conducted a fraudulent transaction. He allegedly transferred money (R30 000.00) from the victim's account into his. However, the long arm of the law caught up with him and his accomplice soon after the transaction. The police managed during the arrest, to seize three cell phones, SASSA card, Postbank cash receipt book belonging to the victim, two Post Office receipts indicating money transferred from the victim's account into the accused’s, two bank withdrawal receipts and 2 x R200.00 fake notes.

The accused were remanded in custody following their brief appearance before the Potchefstroom Magistrates' Court yesterday. They are expected to make their second court appearance on Thursday, 9 June 2022, for a formal bail application.