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At their first appearance in the commercial crime court on February 1, charges against Naidoo’s wife and Alushini were withdrawn.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.

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