Third payslip fraud suspect apprehended at Walvis Bay

31 Jan 2018 16:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 31 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force at Walvis Bay on Tuesday arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with fraud amounting to about N.dollars 130 000 committed at Lewis Stores .
Two other suspects - Selma Matheus, 31 and Sakaria Panduleni Matheus, 26 - have already been arrested on a similar charge.
A report issued on Wednesday by Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the arrest.
The fraud was committed in November last year but the case was only registered with the police earlier this month after the suspects failed to make the first payment for three fridges bought on hire purchase from Lewis Stores in this coastal town. The fridges are valued at over N.dollars 33 700.
It is suspected they used a forged payslip to acquire the fridges.
A few days later they also opened an account with a forged payslip at Beares furniture store in the same town and took beds, fridges, a microwave, two home stereos, a radio and other items worth more than N.dollars 94 000.
“A stolen fridge found in the third suspect’s possession was confiscated,” Iikuyu said.
Other items recovered include a freezer, cupboard, headboard and a stereo.
Sakaria is out on bail of N.dollars 9 000, while Selma is on bail of N.dollars 3 000.
The case is expected to be heard in court again on 14 March this year.