Top swimmer’s money returned

2011-07-22 08:47

First National Bank (FNB) has returned money fraudulently withdrawn from Zimbabwe’s seven-time Olympic champion swimmer Kirsty Coventry.

FNB spokesperson Steve Higgins said the bank returned her money after her card was skimmed last week.

The 28-year-old swimmer revealed on micro-blogging site Twitter last Tuesday that money had mysteriously vanished from her FNB account.

Though she did not disclose how much was raided it was reported that it was a substantial amount of money.

Higgins would also not reveal the amount stolen.

Coventry, who is based in Joburg, reported the matter to the bank, which launched an investigation and discovered that her card had been skimmed and used without her consent to withdraw large amounts of money, according to Higgins.

“Every customer should protect their cards to prevent such incidents” said Higgins.The crisis disrupted her preparations for the world swimming championships in Shanghai, China, but to keep up her spirit Coventry worked out to get rid of the anger, she tweeted.

Prosport International, the sports management company that represents Coventry, refused to comment on the matter, saying Coventry asked the firm to keep the matter private.

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