A former employee of Capitec Bank is one of three people implicated in a loan scam to Graaf Reinet, to the tune of R 1.5 million.
One of them, Heinrich Presensie, 36, was sentenced by the commercial crime court in Gqeberha on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.
While the former bank employee, Zakiya Mahomed, 35, had already been sentenced at the start of the trial. The third co-accused, Ashley Le Roux, 30, has not pleaded and continues to be tried with the case set for June 29.
The Rand 1.5 Million Loan Scam: Here’s How It Happened
According to the Directorate of Priority Criminal Investigations (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, between August 2016 and February 2017, Mahomed (bank employee), Presensie and Le Roux fraudulently orchestrated 13 loans from Capitec Bank to Graaf Reinet.
âThe modus operandi was for Heinrich and Ashley to transport desperate clients from Joubertina to come and ask for loans at the bank. Both would further help fabricate false documents, âsaid Hawks spokesman Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.
âHuge loans are reported to have been processed and approved for undeserving clients. It is further said that the accused received most of the loan money while the clients received only a small amount. Most of the clients were unaware of the orchestration and felt that everything was legitimate â
Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela
According to the Hawks, the bank filed a complaint with Gqeberha’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Team. The case was then reviewed and ultimately the trio were handcuffed on February 12, 2021.
They were then released on bail of R1000 each on the same day.
“Zakiya, the bank clerk quickly pleaded guilty and was sentenced at the start of the trial while Heinrich pleaded guilty on June 9, 2021 to all counts of the theft of more than R500,000. He will be found guilty on June 9, 2021. sentenced on August 3, 2021. on the other hand, Ashley has decided to continue with the trial whose case is postponed until June 29, 2021, âsaid Mgolodela.