Sterling investigations by Commercial Crime Invstigations Unit led to the arrest of two alleged fraud suspects

CAPE TOWN – Members attached to the Western Cape Commercial Crime Investigations Unit conducted tracing operations to arrest suspects in fraud cases under investigation.

On Friday, 13 January 2023, the members of Commercial Crime Investigations conducted a tracing operation that resulted in the arrest of a 43-year-old female residing in Kuilsrivier for a Wellington fraud case.

According to records she was employed by a grape farm. During November 2021 the farm manager informed the director of the farm of suspected transactions that was made by the suspect. After further investigation by the farm, they employed an auditing company to do an audit from 2019 to 2021 and it was discovered that the suspect made over 400 transactions from the business accounts to her personal account that amounts to R11,210,781- 95. The suspect was arrested and will appear in Wellington Magistrate’s court on Monday, 16 January 2023 on the said charges.

Members of the same unit conducted further tracing operations on Friday, 13 January 2023 at about 10:30, and arrested a 37-year-old man from Hawston on a charge of fraud. The suspect was a manager at a retail clothing store, and while employed did fictitious refunds and pocketed the cash. A total of R201 210.00 was stolen from the company due to fraudulent transactions. The suspect was arrested and detained at Mitchell’s Plain SAPS. He is due to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates court on Monday, 16 January 2023.

Source: South African Police Service