PMB man in cus­tody for at­tempt­ing to take R10m cash out of SA

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - VIN­CENT CRUYWAGEN vin­centc@the­newage.co.za

A 38-YEAR-OLD Pi­eter­mar­itzburg man, who was ar­rested at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port with R10m in cash in two suit­cases, has been re­manded in cus­tody for a week to al­low the pros­e­cu­tion to ob­tain all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the case.

Mo­hammed Ameen ap­peared in the Bel­lville Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on charges of con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion (15) of the Cus­toms and Ex­er­cise Act 91/1994 (fail­ure to de­clare). He is due back in court next Thursday. It is al­leged he was at­tempt­ing to smug­gle the money out of the coun­try.

Act­ing pro­vin­cial head of the Hawks Brig Neil Oliver said: “We will de­ter­mine the trail and ori­gin of the money. We can­not rule out il­licit trans­ac­tions.”

In another air­port re­lated mat­ter, an al­leged ticket dis­count fraud­ster ap­peared in the Strand Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day. The sus­pect, 44, was nabbed by the Hawks for al­legedly op­er­at­ing an air­line ticket dis­count scam val­ued at R500 000.

Hawks spokesper­son Capt Lloyd Ramovha said: “From De­cem­ber 2016 to Septem­ber 2017, the sus­pect con­spired and won over vic­tims by telling them that he was able to pur­chase dis­counted air­line tick­ets on their be­half, in ex­change of cash pay­ments.

“He used stolen credit card in­for­ma­tion to ob­tain the tick­ets at a dis­counted rate of up to 60%, re­sult­ing in lo­cal air­lines los­ing about R500 000. Some of the vic­tims even had their tick­ets can­celled be­fore they could travel.”

The Hawks con­ducted a search and seizure op­er­a­tion in Septem­ber at his res­i­dence in Gor­don’s Bay. They seized elec­tronic equip­ment in­clud­ing cell­phones, SIM cards and com­put­ers. He is fac­ing charges of fraud, forgery and money laun­der­ing. He will be back in court on Oc­to­ber 25.

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