Jean Lewis Fotso and Lungile Fotso appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court yesterday,23 August 2021 on charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering involving R1,5 million in an alleged phishing scam. The wife Lungile was granted a R3000 bail and husband was remanded in custody pending investigation.
It is alleged that in August 2018, the couple received an amount of R1,5 million into their joint business account transferred from a motor spares bank account based in Johannesburg.
National Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu says further investigation by Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Johannesburg revealed that the syndicate reportedly created email phishing scams purporting to be coming from the bank where they requested victims’ one time pin for the cellphone banking to actively block notifications.
The case was postponed to Friday, 27 August for a formal bail application.