Rand 2.4million wave of fraud ends in jail after credit card owners dispute transactions

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Cape Town – Alain Mukamba was arrested for credit card fraud in 2014. Subsequently, he appeared in the Bellville specialized court for commercial crimes, was released on bail and never showed up on the dates. follow-up hearing.

On Tuesday, however, the 34-year-old was given an effective seven-year prison sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud, three counts of fraud, contravening the communications law and electronic transactions and one count of money laundering, Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said in a statement.

Mukamba had slipped cloned cards and his fraudulent activities earned him Rand 2.41 million, but when two credit card owners contested transactions, the network closed on the Congolese.

During his first arrest on October 30, 2014, the police raided Mukamba’s residence and seized a Standard Bank card machine (point of sale devices); 30 speed coupons for the Pafos restaurant and bar and a menu for the restaurant; 16 bank cards; company registration documents for Mavangwe Sisanda Trading (PTY) Ltd, and a share certificate in the name of Mavangwe; registration documents of the company Nomaphelo Mabayi (PTY) Ltd T / A Name Meat and fish wholesale; a laptop; mobile phones; and brand new clothes from a high-end children’s boutique still with price tags.

During the trial, the prosecutor, lawyer Esmeralda Johnson, told the court that Mukamba recruited Sisanda Mavangwe, who in turn recruited Nomaphelo Mabayi.

Mavangwe and Mabayi reached a plea and sentencing agreement in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Part of the deal was that they testified against Mukamba.

The women had registered private companies and then guided them to open bank accounts. The duo opened bank accounts with Capitec, Standard Bank, Nedbank and ABSA, providing false personal information, including residential addresses and contact numbers.

Mukamba then ordered them to order speed points from the banks. The women had also lied when opening business accounts, with Mavangwe claiming to be the manager of Pafos Restaurant and Bar, while Mabayi claimed to be the manager of Noma Meat and Fish Wholesale.

When the devices were delivered to the two women, they were passed to Mukumba.

On September 25, 2014, a transaction of R4,750 was processed via a speed point in favor of Pafos Restaurant and Bar from an ABSA bank card. Cardholder Samantha Volschenk disputed the transaction.

On October 15, 2014, another transaction of R4 770 in favor of Pafos Restaurant and Bar was processed. This transaction was also disputed by the owner of the card, Stephen Caradoc-Davies.

Cardholders challenging the transaction led to Mukumba’s arrest on October 30, 2014.

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