Bank Fraudster convicted for loan scam

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday, 09 June 2021 convicted Heinrich Presensie (36) after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.

It is reported that between 08 August 2016 and 02 February 2017, Zakiya Mahomed (35) Graaf Reinet Capitec bank employee and her two accomplices Heinrich Presensie and Ashley Le Roux (30) connived and orchestrated 13 fraudulent loans from Capitec bank in Graaf Reinet which prejudiced Capitec cash to the value of more than R1.5 million.

Eastern Cape Hawks’ spokesperson Yolisa Mgolodela said Heinrich and Ashley would transport desperate clients from Joubertina to come and apply for loans in the bank.

“The two would further assist with manufacturing false documentation. It is reported that huge loans were processed and approved for undeserving clients. It is further said that the accused received most of the loan money whereas the clients only received a small amount.”

Mgolondela added that the bank lodged a complaint with Gqeberha Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for investigation which resulted in the arrest of the trio on 12 February 2019, where they were released on R1000 bail each on the same day.

Zakiya, the bank employee, pleaded guilty and got sentenced during the early stages of the trial.   Heinrich pleaded guilty on 09 June 2021 to all charges assuming responsibility for theft of more than R500 000.

Captain Mgodela said the suspect will be sentenced on 3 August 2021.

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