FNB employee who allegedly stole over R36 million from dead client appeared in court


By Staff Reporter

LIMPOPO – A 28-year-old Limpopo former bank employee, Thabiso Matenda’s court case who was on 10 June 2022 arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members for allegedly stealing R36 989 051-67 belonging to the deceased client has been postponed to 17 June 2022.

According to Hawks Spokesperson Matimba Maluleke on April 25, the suspect who was an FNB consultant at the 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.

Matimba Maluleke says 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.

Maluleke says these illegal activities were discovered by the bank and a case of fraud and theft was opened with the Hawks.

He says when the suspect was approached by the bank managers about the matter, he reportedly tendered his resignation letter with immediate effect.

He further says that during the investigation, it was discovered that some of the stolen money was used to buy expensive cars and donate to a certain church.

He adds that the suspect is expected to make his first appearance in the Makhado Magistrate’s court on Monday, 13 June 2022.

‘The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected, he concluded.

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