A whopping 20 years behind bars is Evander's Regional Court ruling on Tuesday for skimmer Thabo Simon Ntuli, who worked at Leandra Tell Plaza in Mpumalanga.
The fraudster was arrested in September 2016 when the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation team searched his booth and found a cloning device in his possession.
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His arrest was followed by a spate of complaints related to card cloning at Toll Plaza.
"The Hawks' investigations" successfully linked more than 1075 counts of these [card skimming] transactions to Leandra Toll Plaza, where Ntuli was employed at the time, "police spokesman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said.
"Ntuli would pass the bank cards of unsuspecting drivers and store his data, which would allow him to access his funds using electronic transfers and cloned cards," he added.
The victims included drivers from Leslie, Secunda, Leandra and other parts of the country.
On Tuesday, Ntuli was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud committed in violation of Regulation of the Interception of Communications and Provision of Law of Information Related to Communication.
Mpumalanga Hawks chief, Major General Zodwa Mokoena, praised the investigation and prosecution teams for ensuring that justice was enforced.
Last year, the same court convicted Gegama Simon Mahlangu to four years in prison for using a cloning device to steal unsuspecting drivers of more than $ 40,000 at Trichardt Toll Plaza.
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