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EASTERN CAPE – Khayalethu Sandile (46) was convicted on several charges of fraud when he appeared in the East London Regional Court on 26 April 2021.
Sandile was arrested on 7 October 2019 and made his first court appearance on 8 October 2019 where his bail application was turned down and got remanded in custody until lockdown where he was released in compliance with Covid -19 regulations.
It is reported that on 07 October 2019 Sandile was arrested driving a truck with containers which he had filled with fuel in one of the East London filling stations using a cloned card.
The matter was reported to East London Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for further probing. The Hawks investigation positively linked him to similar incidents in various filling stations around East London.
Sandile would use cloned cards encoded with account information of Standard bank clients whereas the clients were in possession of their original bank cards. Sandile’s conduct prejudiced Standard bank clients cash to the value of R133 000.
The conviction on 26 April 2021 emanates from a number of court appearances in East London Regional court. The matter is remanded for 11 June 2021 for sentencing.
The East London Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team is once more lauded by the Provincial Head Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya for ensuring that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.