A former Capitec Bank employee is one of three people involved in a loan scam in Graaf Reinet, to the tune of R1.5 million.

One of them, 36-year-old Heinrich Presensie was convicted by Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crime court on Wednesday, 9 June 2021, after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.

While the former bank staffer, 35-year-old Zakiya Mahomed is believed to have already been sentenced in the early stages of the trial. The third co-accused, 30-year-old Ashley Le Roux hasn’t pleaded and continues to go on trial, with the matter set for 29 June.

The R1.5 million loan scam: Here’s how it happened

According to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, between August 2016 and February 2017, Mahomed (bank employee), Presensie and Le Roux fraudulently orchestrated 13 loans from Capitec Bank in Graaf Reinet.

“The modus operandi was that Heinrich and Ashley would transport desperate…

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