Jennifer Magdalene Mia (35) appeared before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (10/08) after she and three cash loan operators were arrested for contravening section 40(3) of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005.The suspects were arrested while withdrawing money with their clients’ cards from an automated teller machine (ATM) at Long Street on 28 February. Mia was found in possession of an assortment of 67 Sassa cards, bank cards and Easypay cards, as well as cash to the value of R14 600, withdrawn from their clients’ accounts. Mia pleaded guilty and was fined R4 000 or 18 months’ imprisonment. The case continues on 17 September against the three remaining suspects. They were arrested for the possession of a collection of 65 Sassa cards, bank cards and Easypay cards, as well as cash to the value of R13 960. The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit conducted two more separate operations at the beginning of this month in Kimberley and Upington.Five more suspects were arrested in these operations. Three suspects were arrested in Kimberley on 31 July for the possession of 78 Sassa cards and Easypay cards, as well as cash of more than R15 000. They are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrates’ Court on Friday (18/08). In Upington, two suspects were arrested on Tuesday, 1 August. They were in the possession of 21 Sassa cards and Easypay cards, as well as cash of R15 390. They are expected to appear in the Upington Magistrates Court on Monday, 4 September. The households of all suspects arrested in these operations were searched and financial records were seized. The Hawks’ provincial head in the Northern Cape, Maj.Gen. Kholekile Galawe, welcomed the sentence against Mia. He further pledged to continue with such operations to halt the widespread exploitation of the most vulnerable people in the community.