Five people arrested for allegedly fraudulent transfers from the bank account of a deceased person
The Hawks have arrested five people for fraud following the transfer of R470,000 from the bank account of a deceased person.
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Five people have been arrested for fraud after allegedly transferring money from a deceased person’s bank account.
The Hawks’ Serious Business Crimes Investigation Unit in Mpumalanga on Thursday arrested Dorcas Nyambi, 35, Patricia Mnisi, 40, Cyprian Themba Magagula, 38, Clement Shongwe, 32, and Thapelo Modika, 43, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.
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Nyambi, who worked at Standard Bank at the time of the incident, is said to have reactivated the deceased client’s dormant bank account as the deceased’s family were busy settling his estate.
She then allegedly colluded with the other defendants and named them beneficiaries of the account. A total of around R470,000 was transferred from the account, Sekgotodi added.
The accused appeared in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
They were each released on bail of 1,500 rand.
The case has been adjourned to May 19 and is expected to be transferred to the specialized Commercial Crimes Court.
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