Three foreign nationals arrested for fraud and money laundering

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Three Bangadesh nationals Aminul Islam (39), Ullah Foji (36) and Akter Atika (23) appeared before Kimberley Magistrate court for fraud and money laudering. The trio was arrested by Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation and Kimberley Crime Prevention unit on Friday, 3 March 2023.

Northern Cape hawks Spokesperson Captain Tebogo Thebe said it is alleged that between 1 March 2023 and 3 March 2023, the accused tampered with drop-safe used at their shop. “They allegedly dropped an amount of R560 000 repeatedly thereby making their drop safe app account linked to the safe to be credited with approximately R11 Million rands. The 11 Million rands was immediately transferred to different bank accounts locally and offshore”.

Thebe said irregular activities of the safe were detected and Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team was informed. “Investigation traced the suspects at Kimberley Airport where they were about to board a flight to Johannesburg. Their final destination its reported was Dubai/Dhaka as per their airline tickets”.

Police serached the accused and an amount of R23 000 cash was found in their possesion and seized. The case is postponed to 13 March 2023 for bail application.

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