Two arrested for bank card fraud


Two men allegedly involved in spending sprees using cloned bank cards were arrested after a high-speed flying squad chase, according to a charge sheet. Ashley Knight, 25, of Gugulethu, and Lungisana Cecula, 23, of Delft on the Cape Flats, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday. They and Anushka Rossi, 29, of Lansdowne, were to enter into a plea-bargain agreement, the court heard.

According to the charge sheet, the high-speed chase happened in September last year, when the Flying Squad tried to stop their Volkswagen Polo Classic for reckless driving.

Instead of stopping, the unnamed driver accelerated, and collided with two other vehicles in the process.

Knight and Cecula were arrested after the flying squad called for backup.

A search of the car produced an illegal skimming device, which captures data on bank cards in the cloning process, according to the charge sheet.

It is alleged that Rossi was involved in two cases involving fraudulent spending sprees. Those cases would be joined.

In the first case, she faces 260 counts, including fraud and violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the Identification Act allegedly committed from April to June 2012, and involving R229,865.

While out on warning in this case, she allegedly used the alias of Mrs A Anthony in a fraudulent transaction involving Cash Crusaders.

In the second case, all three are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, five counts of fraud, 61 of fraudulent possession of bank cards, and seven violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.

Rossi alone also faces a charge involving the Identification Act.

The three are in custody and will appear again on September 16.


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