Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service
Northern Cape – Five (5) suspects aged between 56 and 37 were arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation during an operation that took place in Upington on Monday, 20 March 2018 in connection with fraud, money laundering and uttering.
The project driven investigation was an initiative between Serious Commercial Crime Unit and Serious Organised Crime Unit through a multi-disciplinary approach to identify and address a group who utilised fraudulent documents to obtain loans from Financial Institutions (Banks) in the Western Cape and Northern Cape.
It is alleged that the syndicate utilized fraudulent documents to purchase vehicles for their personal benefit. They also recruited individuals who would apply fraudulently and assist them with the required fraudulent documentation for a share in the value of the transaction. The approximated amount is R796 000.
The suspects appeared in the Upington Magistrate Court yesterday and they were released on warning. The next court appearance date is scheduled for 25 April 2018 pending further investigation.
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