Port Elizabeth cop accused of tipping off ATM card-skimming syndicate

FEBRUARY 13, 2016

A Port Elizabeth-based police Lieutenant Colonel is again expected to appear before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on March after he appeared briefly before the court on Friday facing an allegation that he tipped off a card skimming syndicate operating in the Bay about an undercover police operation to bust them. 

Lieutenant Colonel Mhleli Dyonase, 55, who is based at Algoa Park SAPS, was released from custody with a warning pending his next appearance

It is the State's case that while Dyonase worked with the Hawks - and had access to information about suspects, who were involved in fraud, theft, and other illegal activities at various ATMs in the City, he tipped off a certain Marinda Maseti about an operation to arrest her in October 2014.

Maseti and her crew were supected to be targeting ceratin ATM's at which they would steal from the banking public through skimming their details or card swapping.

Dyonase apparently knew Maseti and called her ahead of the operation advising her to leave town - unfortunately for him, the conversation was legally recorded.