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New fraud lawyer accuses ex-cop

Roland Routh

The trial of a former police officer who studied IT and allegedly committed N$10million fraud was postponed on Wednesday to give his new lawyer a chance to catch up on his case .

His former legal aid attorney, Tanya Klazen, withdrew from the case, and in-house attorney Albert Titus was appointed to take over the case. Titus came on board on Wednesday and asked Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen for time to familiarize herself with the case and to consult with her client who faces charges of fraud, or theft, money laundering money, forgery and utterance.

It is alleged by the state that Ricardo Nghilifavali Nestor used the skills he acquired through his studies to scam Namibia Marble and Granite (NAMAGRA) near Karibib and/or Carmen Bianca Wittreich out of $10 million Namibians. He allegedly hacked NAMAGRA’s online banking profile and authorized the payment of N$10 million from the company’s calling account to his business account. From there, he allegedly made payments of N$5.515 million as follows: N$4 million to Altcoin Trader, N$500,000 to Sanele Nkosi, N$500,000 to Lethuvuyo Trading and Projects, 16 salary payments of 20,000 Namibian dollars and 39 electronic wallets. payments of N$195,000.

This would have happened on August 11, 2018.

It is further alleged by the State that on or about September 11 and 12, 2018, Nestor logged into Spot-On Discount Liquor’s online banking account and made a one-time payment of N$55,481.91. in favor of a merchant account held in South Africa. He also hacked into the internet bank account of SR van Wyk or Meransha Properties during the same period and transferred N$34,500 to a Bank Windhoek account held by Spot-On Discount Liquor, according to the state. In addition, according to the indictment, he hacked into Spot-On Discount Liquor’s account and paid N$60,000 to Spot-On Discount Liquor employees.

The state also accuses Taiyo Namibia of claiming that Walcon Construction’s bank account number was changed from Bank Windhoek to Standard Bank, and that Taiyo was to pay N$720,000 for work done by Walcon on the account. of Standard Bank. It was for the latter offense that he was arrested in January 2020 in Oranjemund and appeared in Walvis Bay Magistrates Court, where he was denied bail.

According to the summary of the material facts of the indictment, Nestor fraudulently accessed the bank accounts of three business entities, to which he transferred large sums of money to himself or to accounts to which he had access. . In two of the three cases, he used the same modus operandi, where he fraudulently used municipal accounts of unsuspecting victims and used those municipal accounts to open Altcoin and Bitcoin Trader accounts in South Africa.

He is still being held in the Awaiting Section at Windhoek Correctional Institution. The State is represented by Basson Lilungwe.

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2022-11-11 Roland Routh