An intelligence driven operation leads to an arrest of alleged fraudster

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, has praised police formations between Mpumalanga and Gauteng for manning an Intelligence Driven Operation which resulted in a 52-year old Nigerian National being nabbed for fraud. His arrest comes after an incident which happened on the 6th of January this year, where a complainant lost a total of R150 000, which was meant to be paid to a supplier.

According to a police statement, the complainant didn’t know that the account of the said supplier was hacked, hence the supplier did not receive his payment. After this, the supplier did not render the intended services and that is when it surfaced that the funds were deposited into the wrong account.

The complainant immediately opened a case  and Crime Intelligence as well as the Detectives in Nelspruit gathered enough information until a tactical operation was conducted. On Thursday, the 23rd of July 2021, the suspect was followed and apprehended in Gauteng and police seized a number of documents with bank account numbers.  It has since been discovered that the suspect was also sought in Sophiatown for a theft case which occurred in 2018. Further investigation has also revealed that the suspect was previously arrested for fraud in different police stations, three in Gauteng and one in Eastern Cape.

“The astute investigation team has currently identified a total of 18 bank accounts which the suspect used for fraudulent activities, however they are yet to be confirmed by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC). One of the accounts, has preliminary been confirmed as having been used to swindle Mine workers’ Provident Fund of more than R50 million, however an extensive probe on this matter is underway,” read the statement.

The suspect  appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the 26th of  July 2021, on charges of  fraud, he allegedly committed in Nelspruit involving the mentioned R150 000.

“This is a job well done by police in the two provinces. They have combined their prowess and executed a well knitted operation which led to the arrest of the alleged fraudster. We will wait for SABRIC to assist in the investigation so that we can be able to identify who else has been defrauded by the suspect. All his activities will be unravelled,” said General Manamela.

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