Three suspects have been charged with fraud after illegally manufacturing airtime worth R5 million in Bakerton, Springs, on the East Rand.
Members of EMPD Tracing Unit and EMPD Public Order Policing arrested the three men after raiding the business premises on Monday. They confiscated airtime and machines used in the manufacturing of the airtime, Springs Advertiser reported.
“After the arrest, the three suspects admitted to being involved in the illegal manufacturing of airtime,” said Wilfred Kgasago, EMPD spokesperson.
He added the trio also admitted to having initially started their illegal business in Johannesburg before moving to Springs.
The three suspects, aged 23, 24 and 26, were charged with fraud and taken to the Springs Police Station.
Police said in-depth investigations are under way to find out whether the produced airtime works or not.
Network operators whose airtime was found among the illegally produced coupons will be notified.
Springs police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora confirmed a case of fraud was opened and the suspects were detained at the police cells.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Springs Magistrate’s Court.
– Caxton News Service