Eight people in hot water over R250,000

Eight individuals in Makhado, South Africa, have appeared in court on fraud charges after allegedly using fraudulent bank statements and Government Employees Pension Fund letters to apply for personal loans at a cash loans business.

The accused, Loba Mathonsi, Shogole Ramaisile, Johanna Ramodike, Winnie Molala, Raesibe Masopogo, Merriam Kekana, Oniky Morema, and Refiloe Ramokolo, are said to have committed the crimes between June and September 2019.

The total amount paid out to the applicants is believed to be over R250,000.

The cash loan business became aware of the fraudulent activities and promptly reported the matter to the Makhado police.

The suspects were subsequently arrested over the weekend in different areas around Lebowakgomo.

However, the Hawks, an elite crime-fighting unit, are still on the lookout for the remaining suspects, including the suspected mastermind behind the operation.

The accused have been remanded in custody until their bail application hearing, which is scheduled for next Monday.

The fraudulent use of bank statements and pension fund letters is a serious offense, and if found guilty, the accused could face severe penalties, including imprisonment.

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