IDENTITY theft had
become the fastest growing commercial crime in the world and cost
governments worldwide billions of dollars a year to control, Dave Loxton,
a partner at law firm Bowman Gilfillan, said yesterday.
Identity theft occurs when one’s personal information is
stolen and used to commit fraud and other crimes. (Read
Don't respond - just hit
Spam are offers of
wonderful physiques if we purchase any enhancing medication, or holidays
of a lifetime if we complete the competition entry form. In other words,
any form of advertising that is unsolicited.
Scams, on the other
hand, are intended to defraud the recipient of cash and are often very
dangerous. The most well known scam is Advance Fee Fraud or, as it has
become known internationally, the “419” scam – the number being the
section of the Nigerian criminal code having to do with financial fraud
Fidentia bosses face
extra fraud, theft charges
Fidentia bosses J Arthur Brown and Graham Maddock will face two
additional charges, over and above those involved in the main
investigation into the company, following their court appearance
State slashes theft
and corruption losses
government’s fight against financial misconduct has sharply reduced
losses of money by national and provincial departments through
corruption, fraud and theft.
A report released by the Public Service Commission yesterday
will go a long way in backing the government’s assertion that it is
taking corruption seriously. (Read
Charges a ploy to get
rid of me - councillor
A Stellenbosch councillor facing allegations of
corruption and fraud says his detractors are trying to oust him ahead of
the September floor-crossing period.
Last month ANC councillor Gordon Pheiffer obtained a court interdict
preventing the Stellenbosch municipal council from discussing the
allegations against him until he was able to respond to them. (Read
Grant fraud: arrests
Fifty-six people were
arrested in the Northern Cape in connection with social-grant fraud,
police said on Tuesday.
Captain Cherelle Ehlers said those arrested had applied for child
grants, but their situation had changed since applying.
"All 56 of the accused failed to report their employment to the
department and were receiving a monthly grant that they were not
entitled to." (Read
Witness says she took
part in fake marriages for the money
A WITNESS told the Port
Elizabeth magistrate‘s court yesterday that when she became involved in
a fake marriage scam, rumours had been flying around about it.
Lindelwa Hoyi, who was
testifying in a fraud case against the Rev Mthetheleli Soga and Mohammed
Bhat, said everyone in KwaZakhele, where she lives, had been aware of
Bhat and Soga are facing
48 counts of fraud for helping illegal immigrants obtain South African
citizenship by solemnising marriages and issuing fake certificates. (Read
BAe and the arms deal
In November 1998 the
South African cabinet named British Aerospace (BAe) as its preferred
supplier to re-equip the South African Air Force (SAAF), as part of its
strategic defence package programme. Cabinet formally
went ahead with the purchase in September 1999.
From almost the moment
when the British government and armaments industry tabled their
proposals to re-equip the South African defence force, in early 1997,
there have been suspicions about the way in which they were went about
trying to secure that contract. It is now a matter of
public record that BAe planned to pay £180m in “secret commissions”
after having won the deal. (It now claims to have reduced this to
The possible use of bribery by BAe to secure the contract is currently
being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in London. Earlier
this year, the Mail & Guardian
reported that in June 2006 the SFO had issued a request for legal
assistance to the South African authorities. (Read
suspect won my heart'
Something about an alleged Nigerian fraudster captured
Portia Kgantsi's heart, so she saw nothing strange about befriending him
- even though she was a prosecutor.
It was that friendship, however, that later led to her arrest.
Kgantsi, an advocate with the National Prosecuting Authority, is accused
of trying to extort money from her "friend" in exchange for her
withdrawing fraud charges against him. (Read
Modise didn't lay
Zehir Omar, the lawyer
of businessman Charles Modise, says he did not lay a charge of theft or
fraud about money donated to the SA Communist Party (SACP), but merely
laid a complaint about accountability.
The police, however,
insist they are investigating a charge of theft based on a complaint
Modise made. (Read
Ntshona in trouble
Port Elizabeth - The
controversial medical superintendent and deputy manager of the East
London Hospital complex, Dr Nokuzola Ntshona, is in trouble.
An investigation has
been launched after Ntshona admitted in an interview that she'd been
found guilty in the US of conspiring to commit fraud to the tune of R3m.
Vuyo Mosana, chief
executive of the hospital complex on Sunday described her past as
"absolutely shocking". (Read
The SABC has welcomed the Johannesburg High Court ruling ordering its
legal services head, Mafika Sihlali, to pay legal costs of his
application to stop the corporation's board from meeting to discuss his
future. The case has been postponed and Sihlali could not argue his case
because he is on sick leave. (Read
Fidentia staff testify to curators
THREE senior former Fidentia employees are
among those who have testified so far at a closed inquiry in Cape Town
being conducted by the company’s curators in a bid to trace nearly R1bn
in missing funds.
Key players in the scandal could face jail or be held
personally accountable for money lost by investors.
Curators would not reveal whether they would be able to trace
all the missing funds. (Read
Schools programme on fast-track to recovery
THE Eastern Cape
education department will fast-track a recovery programme to put the
derailed R729-million school building programme for the current
financial year back on track.
A specialist financial
and accounting team is also being tasked to probe the issues around
massive fraud and corruption surrounding the province‘s schools
nutritional programme which runs to around R360-million annually. (Read
An SANDF clerk accused
of defrauding the SANDF of R1,1m made a brief appearance in the
Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, the SABC
The case against Zelda Wolmarans and her co-accused, Shauna Heydenrych,
was postponed to November 5 for plea and trial. (Read
Suspended Teta boss arrested
The suspended chief
executive of the Transport Education Training Authority (Teta), Piet
Bothma, has become the third person to be arrested in connection with
the Fidentia affair.
He appeared briefly in
the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday where he was released on
R200 000 bail. (Read
Ex-radio presenters' case postponed
The fraud and corruption
case against former Lesedi FM presenters Thuso and Mmamontha Motaung was
postponed in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court to October 1, the
SABC reported on Monday.
A trial date will be set then. (Read
Correctional Services officials dismissed
The four Correctional
Services officials who were allegedly identified in a SABC Special
Assignment expose on corruption within the department have been
summarily dismissed for serious misconduct.
Special Assignment journalists conducted an investigation and apparently
captured the four officials on video accepting bribes. (Read
fraud accused lashes out at Bacher
Former cricket supremo Ali Bacher has been accused of
being a law unto himself.
This view was expressed by Kelly Lekoto, the lawyer for former United
Cricket Board employee Diteko Modise, who is accused of defrauding the
organisation of R7,4-million.
Lekoto was giving his closing argument at the specialised commercial
crimes court in Johannesburg on Wednesday. (Read
report: What you couldn't read
Two weeks ago, the
Mail & Guardian newspaper was interdicted in the early hours of
Friday July 20 by the head of the South African Broadcasting
Corporation's (SABC) legal services, Mafika Sihlali, from publishing a
story on an explosive draft internal SABC audit report.
The report, which is in the possession of the M&G, alleges
corruption, abuse of power and intimidation at the SABC. (Read
Public servants under investigation
More than 30 000 public servants are being investigated
for alleged housing subsidy fraud, according to Willie Hofmeyr's Special
Investigating Unit. (Read
Ex-prosecutor jailed for fraud
A former senior
prosecutor at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court faces a jail
term of 18 months after his appeal against a fraud conviction was
dismissed.In the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday, judges Noel
Hurt and Kevin Swain dismissed Stanley Ngubane’s appeal. (Read
Former Mangaung mayor in court
Former Mangaung mayor
Pappie Mokoena, his wife, and other senior municipal officials face 259
charges of alleged racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering,
contained in an indictment on Wednesday.
Scorpions acting-head in the Free State, Johan Roothman, handed the
charges in during a short court appearance in the Bloemfontein High