Alleged card-cloners granted bail

10 Sep 2013 09:40
SWAKOPMUND, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – The remaining four suspects in the alleged credit card cloning scam succeeded with their bail application in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Elago Isack, the fifth suspect in the matter who was arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday, appeared with Andelus Iilonga, Evan van Wyk and Buruxa Butkus before Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo.
They were granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 each, and their case was remanded to 07 November 2013 to allow for further police investigations.
Fellow accused Verena Salzmann, who was arrested along with Van Wyk, Iilonga and Butkus at the end of August, was not present as she was granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 when the group made their previous appearance in court last Monday.
During today’s court appearance, the investigating officer in the matter, Matias Amadhila indicated that he has no objection to bail being granted to the accused persons as he is of the opinion that the accused will not interfere with the investigation, or abscond.
“All the evidence in my case so far is in my possession, and most of the statements locally have been obtained and are intact,” he said.
Public Prosector Hezekiel Iipinge also indicated that the State had no objection to bail being granted.
The suspects will, however, be expected to report to the charge- office at Walvis Bay every Monday and Friday between 17h00 and 20h00, and will be required to surrender their passports to NamPol.
According to police reports, the suspects were arrested on 29 August after they were caught defrauding a Windhoek-based company of N.dollars 500 000 by means of a cloning device.
NamPol’s Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa indicated that the suspects allegedly positioned themselves at service stations to commit their fraudulent activities.
She stated that trucks going to various destinations filled their tanks at the service stations, where the accused conducted their illegal activities by using stolen cards to fill up the trucks.
They would then be paid in cash by the truck drivers.
Kashuupulwa also indicated that Salzmann, who is a German national, booked herself and her Namibian boyfriend into a well-known hotel, where two devices were allegedly found and confiscated by NamPol.
The fifth accused, Isack, was found in possession of cloned cards in Windhoek on Friday after the police received a tip-off from sources whilst investigating the matter.
He was arrested, and transferred to Swakopmund to appear in court.
Lawyer Christian Nambahu appeared on behalf of all the accused.