The spending spree of a fraudster, who racked up charges of more than R600 000 using the cloned cards of innocent First National Bank (FNB) bank customers, has come to a grinding halt following his sentencing in the Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Specialised Commercial Crimes Court this week.

The Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has sentenced Phalo Sixishe to six years direct imprisonment for 170 counts of fraud and a slew of counts of possession of cloned bank cards.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson, Anelisa Ngcakani,  said that Phalo Sixishe, 44, had been charged with 170 counts of fraud amounting to just over R675 000 as well as 23 counts of being in possession of cloned bank cards. 

Ngcakani said Sixishe had obtained forged cards with electronic account information and confidential data between 23 July 2017 and 7 November 2017. 

“This was encoded on the magnetic strips of credit fleet cards issued by First National Bank to their clients. It is unclear where he obtained these cloned cards which he used to commit fraudulent transactions,” Ngcakani said.

“Sixishe’s co-accused, Edgar Duma took part in this fraud from 26 September 2017.  The two presented these forged cards at numerous petrol service stations and shops in various places including Makhanda, George, Gqeberha, Cape Town, Graaff-Reinet, Stutterheim, Aliwal North and Queenstown,” Ngcakani said.

“The fraudulent transactions that Sixishe made over four months amounted to R 675 137.31. Duma participated in R361 452 of this amount.”

Police eventually arrested the duo in Humansdorp on 7 November 2017. Duma earlier pleaded guilty to 80 counts of fraud and to 18 counts of possession of cloned cards. He was sentenced on 25 October 2018 to six years direct imprisonment. 

Sixishe was this week sentenced to six years in jail.

NPA’s Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) Regional Head, Advocate Theunis Goosen congratulated Advocate Wilhelm De Villiers and the investigating team for their hard work on the cloned bank card case.

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Presh JM Reporter

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