Three suspects have been sentenced by the Specialised Commercial Crimes court in Port Elizabeth for fraud involving almost a million rand.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said in a statement on Wednesday that the suspects were sentenced on Monday after they had been found to have used fake cheques, amounting to R998 000, at various local Absa bank branches.
Linda Adele Botha, 47, and Johnny Fernando Ferraz, 30, were sentenced to four years imprisonment each, while Johannes Arnoldus Havenga, 44, received three years.
The trio were arrested by the Hawks’ Commercial Crimes unit on April 29, the same day they presented fictitious cheques.
According to the Hawks, the suspects connived by duplicating genuine cheques and forging the owner’s signature. The Hawks were alerted by the bank of the intended fraud by the suspects, who were immediately arrested.
Eastern Cape Provincial Hawks Head Major-General Nyameko Nogwanya said: “We have competent teams in various aspects. We urge those who still contemplate to defraud our country and our people, in particular the Eastern Cape, you are warned, stop it.”
– African News Agency (ANA)