Five suspects face fraud charges

Five suspects, including two former bank officials, appeared in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court facing charges of fraud.

Two former bank officials, Dorcas Nyambi, Patricia Mnisi, Cyprian Themba Magagula. Clement Shongwe and Thapelo Modika were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Mpumalanga on Thursday, March 24.

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It is alleged that Dorcas Nyambi was a Standard Bank official when the alleged fraud took place in 2014, while the bank already dismissed Patricia Mnisi.

Five suspects face fraud charges
Themba Magagula
Five suspects face fraud charges
Mlungisi Shongwe
Five suspects face fraud charges
Thapelo Modika
Five suspects face fraud charges
Patricia Mnisi
Dorcus Nyambi

According to the Hawks, Nyambi re-activated a dormant bank account of a deceased client while the family was busy with their estate claim.

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She then colluded with the other accused, created beneficiaries who were linked to the re-activated bank account. She then deposited different amounts of cash amounting to R470 000.

They were released on R1500 bail each. The case was postponed to 19 May,2022 and will be transferred to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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