The walls seem to finally be closing in on members of a R99 debit order syndicate as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Haws, have confirmed two more arrests.
The latest suspects are a father-son duo running a call centre in Durban. Ravenda Singh (50), and his son Andrew (26) were arrested on Wednesday, 4 May 2022, in Johannesburg.
“The duo handed themselves in at the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Johannesburg and were subsequently charged with fraud. On the same day, the pair appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court and were each granted R30 000 bail,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
According to the elite crime-busting unit, the pair were involved in unauthorised debit order transactions where clients from different banks lost approximately R18 million, collectively.
“The suspects were linked through a forensic investigation carried out by the banks, which discovered undue debit orders through the suspects’ call-centre companies. The accused allegedly created fraudulent bank payment system to collect debit orders for call-centres which resulted to unauthorised debit orders,” Mulamu added.
These R99 debit orders were withdrawn fraudulently between November 2018 and February 2019.
The case has been postponed to 27 May 2022, where they will be joining their co-accused, Jason Foster (39) and Richard Marsden (51), who were previously also arrested and later released on R30 000 and R100 000 bail respectively.
The Hawks say the father-son duo was part of a syndicate which made at least R200 million in unauthorised debit order transactions.
The Hawks’ Provincial Head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa commended the investigation team for successfully apprehending additional alleged fraudsters.
“We sincerely sympathise with all the bank clients who became victims of the alleged fraudsters. We are also pleased that perpetrators are brought to book to account for their fraudulent activities. Communities are urged to report all suspicious criminal activities to authorities for further probing”.
The Hawks’ Provincial Head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa