Dad sentenced for trying to buy perfume with cloned card

Bellville - A man was fined R20 000, or 12 months in jail, for trying to buy perfume worth R1 625 at Woolworths five years ago using a cloned bank card.

Charles Lakay, 53, a father of four, appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Bellville, Cape Town, on Thursday before Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

In addition to the fine (or jail term), Lakay, who holds an education degree, was sentenced to three years in prison, both sentences conditionally suspended for five years.

The proceedings took the form of a plea bargain negotiated between defence attorney A Botman and prosecutor Simon Leope.

According to the plea bargain document, the attempted purchase occurred in July 2010 at the Canal Walk branch of Woolworths when Lakay presented a cloned Capitec Debit Card Maestro for payment.

Cashier Nadiem Gaydien became suspicious when the card was decline. Gaydien alerted the police and Lakay was arrested on the premises.

Leope told the court that Lakay had a previous conviction for fraud, dating back to 2001.

Although the previous conviction was more than 10 years old, it had to be regarded as an aggravating factor, Leope said, adding that the Woolworths' transaction was deliberate and planned and was also an aggravating factor.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.62
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
19.51
+0.6%
Rand - Euro
16.66
+0.9%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.05
+0.7%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.5%
Gold
1,855.59
-0.6%
Silver
21.86
-1.2%
Palladium
2,004.00
-0.2%
Platinum
945.50
-1.2%
Brent Crude
113.56
+0.1%
Top 40
60,830
-0.6%
All Share
67,313
-0.6%
Resource 10
73,729
-0.8%
Industrial 25
72,045
+0.4%
Financial 15
15,552
-1.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE