Man charged for cloned cards

News24 – SAPA

Cape Town – A Benoni man who allegedly used a cloned credit card to reserve holiday accommodation in Cape Town for his family will face 44 criminal charges in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court. Khaisher Nadoo, 27, of Lakefield East in Benoni made his second appearance in the Bellville Commercial Crime Court in the Western Cape on Monday. The case was postponed to July 19 for plea and trial at the request of defence attorney Keith Gess. Nigerian Abbey Johnson, 49, was in the dock with Naidoo. They were arrested in June last year.

Stayed at guest house

According to the charge sheet, Naidoo booked accommodation for two weeks in April last year, for himself, his wife and child, at the African Fiesta guest house in Cape Town. He is alleged to have used a cloned credit card to pay the R12350 accommodation bill. The charge sheet says he arrived at the guest house on April 17, then tried to extend his own visit for six months – again with the use of a cloned credit card. It seems his luck ran out when the second credit card transaction was declined. According to the charge sheet, he then offered to pay cash for his extended stay, but a subsequent query from Absa Bank concerning the first transaction, brought an unexpected visit to his room by the hotel’s manager, an Absa offical and the Police. Naidoo, his wife, Nepheritie, Johnson and a friend, Godwin Alushini were arrested.

10 cloned cards

At their first appearance in the commercial crime court on February 1, charges against Naidoo’s wife and Alushini were withdrawn. The charge sheet allges that Naidoo had 10 cloned credit cards in his possession at the time of his arrest, and Johnson had three, as well as a fake Cameroonian ID document with Johnson’s photograph on it. They face multiple fraud and forgery charges, as well as one involving a conspiracy to commit fraud, theft, forgery and uttering.

Nothing is free, hostess told

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Cape Town – Former SA Airways hostess Linda Charity Danie was sentenced on Tuesday to a fine of R1500.00 or five months’ jail for stealing a passenger’s diamond ring. She appeared in Bellville Magistrate’s Court before David Tonisi, who sentenced her to an additional 10 months’ jail, conditionally suspended for five years. He told her: “I am giving you another chance in life with the suspended jail sentence, and I hope you make use of it – and remember, nothing is free.” Danie, 30, took the ring worth R10000 on a flight from Johannesburg to London. The magistrate agreed with prosecutor Tracy Lewis that the offence was a serious one as Danie stole the ring while in a position of trust. Tonisi rejected her defence that she picked up the ring in the plane’s toilet and forgot to immediately hand it in as lost property. Tonisi said she had had the ring for a few days, before investigators found it in her possession. Tonisi told her: “That menas you had by then formed the intention to keep it for yourself, which is theft.”

Accepted her remorse

An aggravating factor was that she deliberately kept quiet about her find, after the owner had reported her loss during the flight – triggering a search for the ring by other crew on the plane. Tonisi said he accepted her remorse, as shown by the fact that she had attended every hearing since her arrest three years ago. Defence lawyer Ben Mathewson assured the court that Danie had learnt her lesson, and would never again stand in the prisoner’s dock of a courtroom. Tonisi said the theft was motivated by greed, as Danie had a good job as an air hostess.