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Two in custody for fraud

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DURBAN – Two suspects aged 38 and 53 were arrested yesterday during an operation led by EThekwini Outer South and Umlazi police officers. The suspects were arrested for fraud and possession of suspected stolen property.

The 38-year-old suspect was arrested at the offices of the Department of Home Affairs after she attempted to apply for two birth certificates whilst utilizing fraudulent proof of birth cards from a hospital. She was detained at the Umlazi police station.

Following further investigation police proceeded to Folweni where the 53-year-old suspect was arrested. The suspect was arrested after police seized 39 birth certificates, 37 identity document copies, a hospital stamp, two school stamps, the Department of Education circuit stamp, two identity documents and proof of birth cards. Both suspects will appear in Umlazi Magistrates Court soon.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the police officers for the swift action which led to the arrest of the suspects and the alertness of government officials which led police on the trail of the fraudsters. “These fraudulent activities are robbing government of a lot of money and depriving underprivileged community members of their social grants,” he said.