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Five alleged members of a fraud syndicate, including a woman, who used stolen IDs and forged bank statements to open accounts and apply for loans, were denied bail in Mpumalanga.
The accused, Thabisile Gladys Mthembu from Embalenhle, Doctor Jerry Ngwenya from Embalenhle, Mabala Lucky Maluleke from Soshanguve, Clifford Maluleke from Ekangala and Jabulani Jerry Hlongwane from Pretoria were arrested on Tuesday in Secunda and Bethal.
All five appeared in the Secunda magistrate's court, where their case was postponed to Wednesday for further investigations.
Captain Busaphi Sibanyoni of the Secunda police said the detainees targeted cash loan institutions and chain stores.
They allegedly replaced photos in stolen IDs with their own. They also produced forged bank statements and salary advices.
It all started with the arrest of Mthembu at Rainbow Cash Loans in Secunda. The woman employee who was assisting her became suspicious about the clean and unfolded salary advice printed on very thin computer paper. There were several spelling mistakes, including the name of the company she "worked" for.
Police were called in and asked her to provide them with her date of birth. She gave them a different one from that which appeared in the ID.
Mthembu was arrested and helped the police in the arrest of three other syndicate members. In the process the Bethal branch of the cash loan firm was alerted to the fraudsters.
Shortly afterwards another alleged member of the syndicate arrived at the Bethal branch, using an ID belonging to a deceased person. He was immediately arrested.