Bank consultant in court over defrauding nearly R2m from bank’s clients

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Two suspects, a bank consultant and their accomplice, appeared in the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for their alleged involvement in defrauding a bank’s clients of nearly R2 million. 

The bank consultant, aged 34, reportedly stole over R1.7 million from three different accounts of the bank’s clients and transferred it into the 46-year-old accomplice’s, who is also a security guard, bank account from 2015 to 2019.

The two allegedly then shared the defrauded money.

“The bank became aware of these fraudulent activities after the clients went to enquire about unauthorized transactions. It was then discovered that R1 200 000-00 was stolen from the first client while R369 744-34 and R200 000-00 [was] stolen from the other two clients,” Captain Matimba Maluleke reports.

After the activity was detected, three cases of fraud were opened and directed to the Hawk’s Serious Commercial Crime investigation in 2018 and 2019.

The two were granted bail of R1000 each and the cases have been postponed to 8 March.

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