Hawks arrest man for allegedly trying to buy 250 Sassa cards for R10 000

A man was arrested for trying to defraud Sassa.
A man was arrested for trying to defraud Sassa.
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A 41-year-old man who allegedly attempted to defraud the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been arrested in an intelligence-driven operation conducted by the Hawks.

On Monday, Serious Corruption Investigation Unit members received information from Tzaneen Crime Intelligence that the man, Munshi Muhammad, approached a Post Office official in Mokwakwaila village, near Polokwane in Limpopo, and requested him to provide 250 Sassa cards in exchange for R10 000, it emerged in a statement.

An undercover operation was conducted the same day and Muhammad was arrested after he allegedly offered the money to a Post Office investigator.

READ | Hawks arrest man for 'scam targeting the elderly'

The money and 250 Sassa cards were seized. 

The accused appeared before the Bolobedu Magistrate's Court on Wednesday and the case was postponed for his bail application on 17 June. He is in custody.

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