Man steals cheques to entertain women

2012-04-16 20:10

Durban - A 35-year-old man was arrested for stealing cheques to the value of almost R4 million from the Ulundi District Municipality, police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the man would appear soon in the Empangeni Magistrate's Court.

He registered a company with a name similar to that of an authentic service provider contracted to the municipality, stole cheques to the value of R3.198m and banked them in his own account.

Mdunge said that earlier this year police arrested a woman who worked for Absa Bank and facilitated the cashing of a stolen cheques for R690 000.

A total of six cheques were stolen from the municipality in January.

The man posed as a representative of the authentic company and collected the cheques.

"The suspect reportedly spent the fraud proceeds buying expensive furniture, clothing and spent time with different women in numerous luxury hotel accommodations in the country."

Mdunge said an order had been obtained to freeze an estimated R1m that was still in the man’s bank account.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-16 20:23

    I doubt if that man is alone in this scam. I think corruption is practically not a crime in SA.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 22:23

      You know what? I think you have hit the nail right on the head. The government does not see their actions as corrupt, but as their due ... Now that is a whole new ball game!

      Deon - 2012-04-17 09:24

      It might get better in SA when our dear leader gets his day(s) in court.

  • Mohamed - 2012-04-16 20:23

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      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 20:37

      N24 readers are heartily sick 'n tired of all the corruption, failures in processes, absence of checks & balances. We are a transparent society in that thefts like these are constantly being exposed. We are also worn out with the lack of meaningful consequence. Somewhere between revelation and prosecution, some miracle always occurs and perpetrators are re-instated, put on indefinite, paid leave or jailed only to pop up on golf courses. I applaud corruptionwatch & encourage all to contribute, but really despair of justice being the end-result.

  • Rampoka - 2012-04-16 20:29

    Its very sad 2 hear people steel the money that must help to improve other peoples lifes. Justice needs to be done ASAP!!

      Piet - 2012-04-16 20:51

      that is the ANC way! Keep on voting for them!!

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-16 22:14

      Use your vote and spoil it. If enough people who are sick of lack of service delivery used their feet to walk to ballot boxes and vote either for another party or just to put a huge NO on their vote thus spoiling it instead of giving them another 5 years to steal money we are all paying one way or the other to help the poor believe me the no of spoiled votes will send a very LOUD message that the abahlale are running out of patience with people who not only can't do the job because they are stupid and greedy but are growing fat on money that every hardworking citizen is contributing to keep them there. Why do you suppose they need expensive cars and high walls in expensive gated suburbs?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 22:20

      Because we are so safe??? :)

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 22:35

      @gailcarolynhayes - we do not get to vote for President. That is for the exalted of Mangaung. Even though ANC's provincial and municipal votes have dwindled we are no closer to voting ANC out. Curiously, they have retained an almost similar system that kept NP in power for 40yrs - majority voice in the media and in general life totally contradicting what parliament does, due to proportional representation.

  • israel.khumalo - 2012-04-16 20:33

    Okay guys, few questions in my little mind arises. Were those cash cheques? How can you register a company with similar name to the other? How can one still so much money to spend on girls as it is put here? Finaly uLundi municipality does not have that money anyway. Do not answer if you are not a crook? anyway how would you know??

      Piet - 2012-04-16 20:50

      he managed 4 million before they caught him!!! How many others are getting away with it?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 21:00

      Total absence of corporate governance, controls, whatever this week's term is. Registrar of Companies collapsed about 11yrs ago - they still do not answer 'phones, respond to emails or faxes. They are in worse state than Home Despairs. Women can spend N amount of money - ask Imelda Marcos. uLunid Municip, as with many other munis and megas and regionals and even nationals do not have that money. You just need a) no processes b) a few friendly chinas c) a few lazy people in the hierarchy for it all to work - for e.g. if the average bill has always been R4mill then authorise it. No-one asks WHERE the R4mill goes.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 21:18

      corporate what?

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-16 22:25

      Maybe Israelk the guy buys these girls blackberrys and cars and pays for swish apartments. Some women have very expensive tastes. Ulundi does not have the money precisely because of this kind of scam.

  • Rethamyh - 2012-04-16 20:54

    See now what jacob zuma has done? He picks and choses his mistresses and now idiotic poor nen feel they have to follow suit...well done mr president.hope they find this guy and that zuma stops marring his girlfriends...just have an affair,deny it when revealed and step down as president!!!!!

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-16 22:34

      Karl you are the son of a bith who probably doesn't even know who your father is. And you know what?It has everything to do with Mr Zuma - Rethamyth is not one of many wives of one man. If she is married it will be to one an unlike Mr Zuma who is costing you and every taxpayer in the country a fortune because he wants every woman he sees. Can you afford to do that?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-16 22:44

      Just think about it..He cant apply his mind to governing cos with all those wives, girl friends, and a few concubines, he must be spending double time in the shower..Eish and winter is on hand.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-16 21:02

    I think the poor bugger was taking simply taking his tax money back.

  • Eric - 2012-04-16 21:20

    So, this boy wanted to be a cheeseboy?

  • Karl - 2012-04-16 21:21

    The case similar as this was reported few weeks ago in Thabazimbi municipality,where one of municipality worker faked signatures on 1 million chegue,unfortunatly the bank noticed the fraud....

      donald.perumal - 2012-04-16 21:29

      You mean fortunately the bank ....

      Karl - 2012-04-16 21:49

      That was so unfortune to him.......

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-16 23:27

    LMAO......give this man a medal.....he learnt from the masters......people play follow the leaders here.....I guess he was following very closely.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-04-17 08:00

    This is a case once again of a comrade-turned to a "comeraider". Raiding the the municipality coffers for shallow, evil personal desires, SIES,Ni ya si nyanyisa!

  • Den - 2012-04-17 08:54

    These people must really be stupid....papper trail.

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