Fraud suspects in court

2010-11-12 00:00

A BAIL application for three alleged fraudsters who have allegedly spent about R200 000 using cloned credit cards and fraudulent ID copies will start at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The three accused, Mthobisi Collin Kubheka (21), Phumlani Kenneth Phoswa (24) and Siyabonga Mhlongo (22), have been remanded in custody since their first court appearance on November 5.

They were allegedly caught as they tried to use one of their six credit card to buy a motorcycle, worth about R75  000, from a motorcycle dealer in Victoria Street on November 2.

The owner of Ekerold Yamaha called the police after he suspected an ID, which Kubheka had allegedly submitted in order to process the purchase, was false.

It is alleged that Kubheka, who identified himself as Sihle Sithole, bought the motorcycle and a leather jacket using the credit card.

“The manager then confirmed that the transaction had gone through and Sithole and his accomplice subsequently left in a awaiting yellow Mazda 323, taking the jacket with them.

“The manager later contacted Sithole and asked him to bring in his identification document. However Sithole faxed through a copy. The manager suspected that the documentation supplied was false and contacted the police,” said police spokesperson Warrant Office Joey Jeevan.

As police were waiting for the suspects, the manager called Kubheka to collect the motorcycle.

However, on returning in the same Mazda, the men suspected a trap and escaped. Police arrested the suspects in Owen Street after a lengthy chase and found the six credit cards and false IDs, credit applications, cheque books and receipts from various outlets.

“It was later established that the credit cards were cloned, the identification document of Sithole was false and that the suspects purchased goods to the total value of approximately R200 000, for which they made approximately 150 transactions under the false Sihle Sithole name.”

Most of the transactions were conducted within Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

Jeevan has appealed to anyone who may have fallen victim to the scam to contact Warrant Officer Robin Mays at 082 7789 221, Warrant Officer Alistair Farrington at 082 0404135 or Warrant Officer Adan de Villiers at 083 7940807.

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