Alleged bank card fraudster nabbed for third time

2012-10-17 08:59
A man has been arrested in Welkom when he was found with a device used to duplicate bank cards, Free Sate police said.

His arrest came after police responded to information from residents about his suspicious activities at ATMs on Long Road, Sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng said.

The officer who went to investigate spotted him and realised he had arrested him on a previous occasion for possession of a skimming device, used to copy information from a bank card’s magnetic strip.

The 40-year-old man was searched and found carrying the device under his belt.

He was arrested and a cellphone and a laptop confiscated from his home.

Motsoeneng said it was the third time the man had been arrested. He was nabbed in September 2011 and again in January this year.

The Welkom Magistrate’s Court sentenced him to three years’ jail on August 30.

The sentence was suspended for three years on condition that he repay the financial institutions he defrauded.

He was expected to re-appear in the same court today to face charges related to contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.