Portuguese woman arrested for fraud:
A 51-year-old Portuguese woman, Maria Lourdes Longueira De Agrelaa, was arrested in Benoni on 23 July 2009. The accused effected fraudulent transfers from her employer’s bank account to her own account between December 2007 and April 2009. The actual loss in this case was R922 590. The case was postponed for further investigation.
Young man in court for fraud:
Driaan Smit (19) from Centurion was summoned to appear in court on 21 July 2009 for fraud after funds were unlawfully transferred from a building contractor’s bank account to his own account. The actual loss was R709 250. The case was postponed for further investigation.
Bank employee arrested for fraud:
Peter Paul Lukas (50) from Germiston, an employee of one of the large banking groups, was arrested on 15 July 2009, after money from the bank had been transferred into his own account. The actual loss was R243 044. The accused is still in custody. The case is pending.
Johannesburg man arrested for false SARS claim:
A 32-year-old man from Johannesburg, Eric Ryder Hayne, was arrested on 24 July 2009 for fraud, after he had allegedly claimed tax money with false documentation in 2002. The actual loss was R645 540. The case was postponed to arrange a trial date.
Insurance broker arrested for fraud:
Abraham Jacobus de Beer, a 57-year-old man from Alberton, was arrested on 16 July 2009 for fraud, after he had allegedly forged signatures on company cheques and cashed them between 2005 and 2008. The company suffered a loss of R265 300. He also supplied his personal account to clients. The accused appeared in court. He was released on bail of R10 000. The case is pending.
Two arrested for defrauding the Department of Education:
Subban Mannikum, a 46-year-old man from Richards Bay, was arrested on 14 July 2009, and Dhanapalan Doorasamy Naidoo (50) from Tongaat was arrested on 16 July 2009, after they had claimed money from the Department of Education for bogus services rendered between 2004 and 2005. The services were never rendered and the money was transferred from their bank account and handed over to a syndicate. Dhanapalan Doorasamy Naidoo was released on R20 000 bail and Subban Mannikum was released on R5 000 bail. The actual loss to the Department amounts to R3 436 607. The case is still pending.
Northern Cape Education Department target of fraud:
Liezel Somers and Veronica Bonas were arrested on 15 July 2009 after they had allegedly re-appointed 13 retired educators between 2007 and 2009 on the persal computer system and substituted their banking details with their own. The salaries were paid into the bank accounts of the accused. suspects. The Department suffered losses totalling R249 125. The case was postponed for further investigation.
Kimberley woman sentenced for fraud:
Isabel Susan Bothma (53) from Kimberley, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on 24 July 2009 in terms of Section 276 (1) (I) of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977. She was the financial administrator of a construction company and responsible for the payment of salaries and creditors. Bothma manipulated her employer’s computer system and substituted the banking details of a creditor with that of her own, thereby relaying payments to her own account. The employer suffered a loss of R270 000 in the process.
ROAD ACCIDENT FUND (RAF): Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal
More arrests and convictions for Road Accident Fund fraud:
Eight persons who were charged with defrauding the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in Gauteng and in KwaZulu-Natal of R2.75 million, appeared in the Commercial Crime Courts in Johannesburg and Durban respectively. The accused were arrested on several charges of fraud during July 2009 by the Commercial Branch in the two provinces. Fraudulent claims ranging in magnitude from R12 000 to more than R1.2 million are under investigation.
The accused, inter alia, colluded with touts (persons who recruit people to submit fraudulent claims to the RAF) to fabricate information with regard to fictitious vehicle accidents. False claims were submitted for fictitious injuries sustained in accidents that had never happened. False information and/or documentation with claims for injuries sustained in accidents were also submitted to the RAF.
The arrests form part of an ongoing joint initiative by the Road Accident Fund, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS), aimed at eliminating fraud committed against the RAF, and prosecuting the perpetrators. More arrests are expected to follow in the coming months, as the RAF, NPA and SAPS intensify their joint action against fraudsters targeting the RAF.
A total of 12 persons were sentenced in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during July 2009 for defrauding the RAF. Sentences included fines between R6 000 and R20 000, and 12 months' to three years' imprisonment, some of which were suspended on conditions for between three and five years.
Breakthrough against credit card fraud:
A Nigerian, Sunny Dennis Anthony, was arrested on 30 July 2009 at the Century City shopping mall for fraud. The suspect had 11 false credit cards in his possession encoded with stolen information. After searching the suspect’s flat, Visa and Mastercard credit cards totalling 600 were found as well as computer equipment used to manufacture the cards. At a storage facility used by the suspect more false credit cards were confiscated. The suspect was brought before court on 3 August 2009. He was remanded in in custody.