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