Fraud worth millions, 2 accused receive heavy sentences, specialised commercial crimes court

South African Police Service

Fraud worth millions, 2 accused receive heavy sentences, specialised commercial crimes court
Fraud worth millions, 2 accused receive heavy sentences, specialised commercial crimes court

Samson Olatunji Abdul and Adedayo Quadri were handed a heavy sentence when they appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday, 8 July 2022.

The Gauteng’s Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team’s probe proved the duo’s involvement in defrauding unsuspecting conveyance law firms approximately R7.8 million in 2019.

They pleaded guilty in all charges in January 2021 and Abdul was subsequently sentenced to 12 years direct imprisonment and Quadri received 7 years direct imprisonment for theft, fraud and money laundering.

Meanwhile their co-accused Siphesihle Sithole whose account was allegedly used in the commission of crime will appear in court on Monday 18 July 2022. The trio were arrested in December 2019 after siphoning money from DM5 Complaining System, Yaron Waks Attorney’s and Omphile Construction Company. They were denied bail and as a result they remained in custody until their sentencing on Friday.

Shortly after his sentencing Abdul was charged for fraud and money laundering worth approximately R18 million on another matter where victims business email were compromised and bank cards cloned.

Abdul is expected to appear back in court again on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 for further probe into the recent charges.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa applauded the investigation team together with the prosecuting team for bringing the perpetrators to book.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service