Police in Umhlanga, Durban have made a major bust over the weekend – after they nabbed a notorious fraudster for his elaborate ‘SASSA cards scam’. The crook, who was also identified as the owner of an exclusive Mercedes-Benz, will now be hauled to court on Monday.
SASSA cards scam: Fraudster nabbed on Sunday
Dozens of SASSA grant recipients lost out on their support payments due to the actions of this 47-year-old, who was discovered with a cash loot of R7 640 upon his person. A USB stick with sensitive information about the cards used was also recovered by SAPS. Meanwhile, a statement was shared by law enforcement officials on Monday:
“The team pounced on the suspect who was withdrawing cash from different SASSA cards at an ATM on Anton Lembede Street. The suspect was driving an exclusive Mercedes-Benz which he recently bought. A total of 70 SASSA cards were seized from the suspect and cash of R7 640 was also recovered. His vehicle was also seized by police.”
“Further investigation conducted by the team led them to the 47-year-old suspect’s residence in Umhlanga where a USB stick was found after being thrown own of the window. It was seized by police for further investigation. The suspect was placed under arrest for fraud as well as possession of stolen property.”
Cash bundles, major evidence found in Mercedes-Benz
Acting Provincial Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Thulani Gonya, condemned the ‘flashy fraudster’ while sympathising with the victims. He described the whole affair as a ‘heart-breaking ordeal’ for those affected.
“I am pleased with the arrest of the fraudster and the seizure of SASSA cards. It is heart-breaking to learn that there are people who are robbing our citizens who wait anxiously for their money but only to be disappointed when no monies are paid into their accounts. A thorough investigation will be conducted to ensure that all involved are brought to book.”
#sapsKZN A 47yr-old suspect is expected to appear before the Durban Magistrates on charges of fraud and possession of a stolen property after more than 50 SASSA cards and cash seized by police. His vehicle was also seized by police. TMhttps://t.co/lzYxHFDH6H pic.twitter.com/KxlP22PqbY
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 7, 2021