ATM fraudster gets six years behind bars

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Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime investigation in Porth Elizabeth celebrates a six years sentence of Lukhanyo Nelson Mkalipi.

The 36 Mkalipi was found guilty on two counts of fraud and two counts of theft following his arrest on 11 September 2018.

A specialized investigation in 2015 identified Mkalipi as part of a syndicate targeting foreigners at ATM’s in Summerstrand area. 

This is according to the Hawks’ Lwando Zenzile who also added that the syndicate was suspected of stealing the bank cards at that time and making unauthorised withdrawals with them. 

“It is reported that on 20 October 2015 a bank card of the complainant was stolen at Summerstrand Village and an amount of R7 100-00 was withdrawn from his account using the stolen bank card. Again on 25 November 2015 another complainant’s card was stolen at Summerstrand Village and an amount of R28 850-00 was withdrawn using this stolen bank card.”

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime investigation in Port Elizabeth was tasked to investigate the trend. The investigators linked Mkhalipi to both cases after his arrest. He was charged with fraud and theft for the cases amounting to R35 950-00, added Zenzile.

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