R5 million fraud, debit order bureau director arrested

South African Police Service

R5 million fraud, debit order bureau director arrested
R5 million fraud, debit order bureau director arrested

The Hawks Provincial Head in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa commends the outstanding efforts displayed by the investigation team on fraud allegations against company Directors involving approximately R5 million of unauthorized debit orders.

It is alleged that between November 2018 and February 2019, a Durban based third party payment provider, Talent Base Director, Richard Marsden (51) and his accomplice allegedly created fraudulent bank payment system to collect debit orders for call centers which resulted to unauthorised debit orders to be loaded.

Further investigation revealed that an amount of R5 million was transferred into different bank accounts, including that of Marsden.

The matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Johannesburg for further investigation.

Warrant of arrests were obtained for both Talent Base Directors to be apprehended.

Police circulated the suspects on the local and international border movement control.

On Saturday, 30 October, authorities pounced on Marsden at the Cape Town International Airport on arrival from the United Kingdom and immediately placed him under detention and charged him with fraud.

Marsden appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday where he was remanded in custody pending investigation.

He is expected to be back in court today for bail application.

Outstanding suspects are sought by the police

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SOURCESouth African Police Service