Sunday, September 27, 2020

Botswana’s Bonnie and Clyde rob Stan Chart of millions

Police and Standard Chartered bank are on the trail of Botswana’s own Bonnie and Clyde who robbed the bank of more than P3 million and transferred the money to bank accounts in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The bank robbing couple, reminiscent of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde, are reported to have stolen P 3, 3 million from Standard Chartered Bank.

The woman who was an employee of the bank is said to have illegally transferred the money into her boyfriend’s bank account at Barclays Bank.

It is said that soon after the transaction was done, the money was then spread to different bank accounts in South Africa and the United Kingdom, with both the woman and the boyfriend disappearing into thin air.

It is further alleged that the money that was transferred to the UK was meant to buy real estate. Both suspects are said to have fled to United States of America where they are said to be hiding.

Speaking to The Sunday Standard this week, the commander of the Serious Crime Squad, Detective Senior Superintendent Melton Mapange, said that they are looking for a Standard Chartered Bank employee, Matlotlo Darly Emelang, 33, of Phuthadikobo Ward in Molepolole, who allegedly stole about P3.3 million from her employer recently, and a Zimbabwean national, Tendayi Musanangwarwa, believed to be her boyfriend.
“Warrants of arrest for the two have been issued,” said Mapange.

He said the prime suspect transferred the money to her boyfriend’s account and then transferred the money to both South Africa and the United Kingdom and that they had not yet recovered any thebe as yet.

Mapange said the suspects had skipped the country but strongly believed that they might have fled to the UK.
Banks are being defrauded of huge amounts of money and this is very worrisome.

He said, in most cases of such transactions, it is very difficult to freeze the account into which the money has been deposited and that their successes in such a case are very small.

He urged the banks to always scrutinize every transaction that is made and appealed to the public to assist them with information on the suspects’ whereabouts.

Ithabeleng Letsunyane, Head of Corporate Affairs at Standard Charted bank, confirmed the theft but would not discuss details “because the matter is being handled by the police,” she said.

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