Matinyane the fraudster: hero cop hailed after sentencing

By Staff Writer 

The provincial commissioner of North West lieutenant general Sello Kwena has welcomed the eight years imprisonment sentence of a convicted fraudster.

The Swartruggens Regional Court on Tuesday sentenced 29-year-old Nonhlanhla Matinyane, a former bank employee to eight years in prison.

Matinyane’s sentencing came after she was arrested and charged for three counts of fraud and seven of money laundering.

Whilst working at a bank, Matinyane illegally transferred money amounting to R536 000 to three different accounts.

These accounts belonged to family members and to an unsuspecting account holder, from one of the bank account holders who won the lottery.

This was done without the account holder’s knowledge.  The bank investigating team noticed these huge transfers and contacted the account holder.

The 49-year-old victim had no knowledge of these transfers, The victim said she did not receive any notifications as the accused blocked her phone from receiving bank notifications.

All the transactions were traced to Matinyane and cases of fraud and money laundering were opened.

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She pleaded guilty on all charges. The accused was sentenced to five years imprisonment for fraud and three years imprisonment for money laundering.

The latter sentence was wholly suspended for five years. She was also ordered to pay and R17 500 back to the bank. The amount could not be retrieved.

General Kwena congratulated the investigation officer, colonel Peter Phale of the Provincial Commercial Crime Unit for working tirelessly in cooperation with the bank investigation team in ensuring the arrest and sentencing of the accused.

Source: SAPS

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