Man sentenced to twenty years in jail for bank card skimming fraud

MPUMALANGA � A former employee of Leandra Toll Plaza will serve 20 years in prison for bank card skimming fraud after he was sentenced by the Evander Regional Court on Tuesday.

Thabo Simon Ntuli (27), was arrested on September 16, 2016, when the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team pounced and searched the tollgate operators booths and found a skimming device on his possession, this was after a spike in card skimming related complaints. The victims included motorists from Leslie, Secunda, Leandra and elsewhere in the country.

Hawks' investigations successfully linked over 1075 counts of these illegal transactions to the Leandra Toll Plaza where Ntuli was employed at the time. Ntuli would skim unsuspecting passing motorists' bank cards and store their data which enabled him access their funds using electronic transfers and cloned cards.

Ntuli has been in custody since he was arrested as his bail application was successfully opposed by the State. The court has ordered him to serve an effective 20-years imprisonment term for fraud in contravention of the Regulation of the Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act.

The Provincial Head of Directorate For the Priority Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga Major General, Zodwa Mokoena commended the investigating and prosecution team for ensuring that justice is not only served but it is also seen to be done.

Source: South African Police Service