Sassa grant fraud: man arrested

2016-06-03 08:01
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Pietermaritzburg - Following illegal deductions from thousands of grant beneficiaries’ accounts, the Umlazi K9 Unit have arrested a man in possession of 36 South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards.

Scores of Sassa grant beneficiaries have had money illegally deducted from their accounts over the last few years.

Early on Wednesday morning, the Umlazi K9 Unit, through a sting operation received information on possible fraudulent activities at an ATM in Amanzimtoti.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Shooz Magudulela said the unit rushed to the area where they arrested a 25-year-old man withdrawing money.

“The suspect was found near the ATM, withdrawing cash and he had 36 Sassa cards in his possession with pin codes written on them,” said Magudulela.

He said the man was taken to the Amanzimtoti police station where he was charged with fraud and contravening the Electronic Communication and Transaction Act.

He is to appear in court soon.

In a statement sent out by Magudulela, acting provincial commissioner Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa commended the members and their dogs on the arrest.

“Sassa cards and an undisclosed amount of cash were seized from the suspect,” he said.

“The investigation will establish if he is linked to other crimes where Sassa cards were used.

“The police will also establish where and how the suspect came into possession of these Sassa cards,” he said. — WR.

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