Alleged bank card scammer arrested after being on the run for almost 3 years

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Wonder Mgude, an alleged bank card scammer was arrested by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Unit on Wednesday in Stikland, Western Cape.

The 35-year-old Mgude was first arrested in October 2017, after trying to persuade a motorist to compensate him in cash in return for using the counterfeit garage card to fill-up the motorist tank.

The SAPS statement explained that Mgude tried to escape his arrest in 2017 at a Caltex Garage in Airport City outside of Cape Town. He made a run for it on foot after a fuel attendant raised the alarm that the card was indeed counterfeit.

Police found 18 counterfeit bank cards, papers containing numerous bank card numbers as well as a card writer/ encoding machine and a laptop in his car.

“He was consequently granted bail by the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court. Whilst he was out on bail he was arrested again at BP Rondebosch Motors on 25 October 2017 for a same modus operandi. Two counterfeit bank cards were found in his possession,” said Capt. Lloyd Ramovha.

Mgude was granted bail a second time and both cases were transferred to Serious Commercial Court. He failed to appear in court on 31 January 2019 and a warrant was issued for  his arrest on 4 March 2019.

SAPS explained that the alleged bank scammer faces no less than 118 charges related to the conspiracy to commit fraud and forgery amounting to R100 000 in contravention of Electronic Communications and Transactions act.