Couple arrested in connection with over R36 million that was stolen by former FNB employee


By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE– Two more suspects aged 28 and 43 have been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members in Johannesburg on Saturday in relation to theft of over R36 million belonging to the First National Bank (FNB) deceased client.

The suspects who are a couple (boyfriend and girlfriend) allegedly received R6 million from one of the suspects in this case. The couple started to fight over the money when the sender requested it back.

When the girlfriend went to the police in Johannesburg to open a case of assault against her boyfriend, the police discovered that the money they were fighting for was actually stolen and Limpopo Hawks were investigating the matter.

The Hawks were alerted and found that R5.5 million of the R6 million that they had received was already returned back to the sender.

On 10 June 2022, the FNB employee, Thabiso Matenda (Malawian) based in Makhado was arrested by the same team for allegedly stealing R36 989 051-67 belonging to the bank client.

It is alleged that on 25 April 2022 Matenda opened a profile of the client who had just died in a vehicle accident a day before (24 April 2022) without authorization.

It is further alleged that the accused connived with his accomplice to open a new bank account, linked it to the deceased’s account and started spending all the money from the deceased’s account.

The bank discovered the shenanigans and reported the matter to the Hawks. Some of the stolen money was allegedly donated to a certain church

Matenda is still in police custody after his bail was successfully opposed.

The couple is expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate’s court on 18 July 2022. The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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