An amazing 20 years behind bars is a punishment that Evander County Court ordered on Tuesday for a bank card skimmer Thabo Simon Ntuli, who worked at Leandra Tell Plaza in Mpumalanga.
The scammer was arrested in September 2016 when the Hawks & Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team searched for his booth and found skimming facilities.
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His arrest followed at Toll Plaza at the pinnacle of card-related complaints.
"Hawks have successfully combined over 1 075 counts of these illegal [card skimming] a transaction at Leandra Toll Plaza, where Ntuli was employed at the time, "said Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, police spokesman.
"Ntuli would have dropped out unsuspecting driver cards and stored his data, allowing him access to their means by means of electronic transfers and cloned cards," he added.
The victims included motorists from Leslie, Secunda, Leandra and elsewhere in the country.
On Tuesday, Ntuli was sentenced to 20 years in jail for a fraud committed in violation of Regulation of interception of communication and provision of law on communication related information.
Mpumalanga Hawks, Chief of General Zodwa Mokoena, commended investigation and fighter teams to ensure justice.
Last year, the same court denounced Gegamy Simon Mahlang for four years in prison using a skimming device to tear off unsuspecting drivers more than R40,000 at the Trichardt Toll Plaza.
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