Cloned bank cards: 3 suspects remanded

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NEGOTIATIONS for a plea bargain were progressing for a woman and two men allegedly involved in a spending spree using cloned bank cards, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town heard yesterday. Anushka Rossi, 29, of Lansdowne, Ashley Knight, 25, and Lungisana Cezula, 23, appeared before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, who remanded the three to September 23. Knight and Cezula were arrested after a high speed chase with police. A search of their car produced an illegal skimming device, which captures data on bank cards. Prosecutor Juan Agulhas alleges that Cezula had in his possession a number of bank and gift cards and R5393 in cash, as well as invoices relating to fraudulent purchases made with the cloned cards. It is alleged that Rossi is involved in two separate cases involving fraudulent spending sprees and that while she was out on warning in the first case, she went on a second, similar, spree. Defence attorney Keith Gess told the court her two cases are to be combined with the case involving Knight and Cezula. – Sapa