By Staff Reporter
MAKHADO– A 28-year-old former bank employee was on Friday, June 10 arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members for allegedly stealing R36 989 051-67 belonging to the deceased client.
It is alleged that on April 25, the suspect who was an FNB consultant at Makhado branch opened the profile of the client who had just died in a vehicle accident a day before (24 April 2022) without any authorisation.
It is further alleged that the suspect connived with his accomplice to open a new bank account and linked it to the deceased’s account and started spending all the money from the deceased’ account.
These illegal activities were discovered by the bank and a case of fraud and theft was opened with the Hawks.
When the suspect was approached by the bank managers about the matter, he reportedly tendered his resignation letter with immediate effect.
During the investigation, it was discovered that some of the stolen money was used to buy expensive cars and donate to a certain church.
The suspect is expected to make his first appearance in the Makhado Magistrate’s court on Monday, June 13
The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.