Three more arrested in Bfn for R6 million fraud and money laundering case

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Three suspects, aged 23 and 40 years old and linked to a criminal network that allegedly created fraudulent payslips and proof of payments, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday 21 February 2020.

Crystal Natasha Arendse (25), Eagen Jean-Jacques Moses (33) and Lehlohonolo Gilbert Rousseau (40) joined six others who were arrested early this month on 121 counts, including fraud, forgery, uttering, money laundering and gang-related activities.

Glen Ceaser (31), Veronica Crouch (30), Jolene Crouch (35), Chelleroy Floyd Buys (37), Simon Cornelius Botha (46) and Mosa Harington Tseleli (36) appeared briefly on 10 February 2020 at the same court.

According to the Hawks, the arrests emanate from an investigation that began in 2017 by the Free State Serious Corruption Investigation, where the suspects are alleged to have created payslips and proof of employment, and further applied for financing of luxury vehicles as well as credit facilities.

Hawks spokesperson Lynda Steyn said that once these loans had been approved, the suspects allegedly disappeared. “They allegedly accumulated over R7 million in their illegal dealings with one of the leading banks in the country. The transactions were facilitated by the bank’s employee, who has since been dismissed,” she said.

“Nine vehicles, including a Mercedes-Benz, BMW 220i, BMW 320d, BMW X-drive and VW Golf GTIs have been bought by the suspects, amounting to over R6 million, and an estimated R800 000 was acquired through loans,” added Steyn.

All nine suspects, inclusive of the three, were each granted bail of R2 000, with strict bail conditions.  They are all expected back at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 2 March 2020.

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