BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the recovery of the R2.2 million involved in the Amatole water fraud.
As learnt, it was the Financial and Assert Forfeiture Investigation (FAFI) unit of the Hawks that enabled the recovery.
The R2.2 million was defrauded from the Amatole Water in East London.
From our gatherings, the Amatole water fraud happened after Amatole Water contracted Malambo Construction to render services.
SAPS narrated that Amatole Water received what looked like a genuine correspondence from the service provider before the money could be paid out.
The letter informed Amatole Water of a change in banking details.
Afterwards, Amatole Water transferred R2.2 million to the bank account provided in the letter but were shocked when a representatives from Malambo Construction asked about when their money would be paid.
Hawks started investigations after it was certain that someone fraudulently changed Malambo Construction’s banking details.
“FAFI, in collaboration with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) hit the ground running and traced the account.
“The money was recovered and now, manhunt has been instituted to locate the people behind the fraud,” SAPS related.
Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man is presently in police custody following his arrest on charges of illegal possession of abalone and suspected stolen vehicle.
According to SAPS, the event that led to the arrest started after police members spotted a red Citi Golf followed by a red Isuzu bakkie in Cotswold Port Elizabeth.
The crime fighters followed the vehicles and pulled them over between Kinklebos and Paterson.
Inspecting the vehicles, police uncovered 6013 units of abalone in the Isuzu bakkie. The value of the abalone is estimated at R650 000 00.
It later emerged that the bakkie was reported as a hijacked vehicle in Mount Road in January this year.
Similarly, a 32-year-old man from Belhar was arrested this morning for illegal possession and transportation of West Coast Lobster.
The arrest happened after police attached to Cape Town K9 Unit received information about a vehicle transporting crayfish from Hawston to Cape Town.
The vehicle was tracked and eventually stopped at the N2 while it was coming down Sir Lowry’s Pass.
When the white Mercedes Benz C220 was searched, the police discovered bags containing whole West Coast Lobsters and lobster tails.
Precisely, they found 249 whole West Coast lobsters and 2902 lobster tails estimated to worth R50 000.
Tomorrow, 10 February 2017, the suspect will appear before the Strand Magistrates’ court. There, he’ll face charges related to the illegal possession and transportation of West Coast Lobster under the Living Marine Resources Act.