Five people found guilty of running international syndicate sent to jail for four years each

WINDHOEK: Five people found guilty of running an international syndicate which made fraudulent credit and debit card transactions during 2007, were yesterday sent to jail for four years each.

The group consists of four foreign nationals and a Namibian.

They are Amirthaligam Pugalnanthy, 25, and Pararasasingam Sarangan, 24, both from Sri Lanka; British national Salheeskumar Thulasithas, 30; Namibian national Tjiuiju Travoltha Mekaundapi, 27; and Obdur Kader Jamar, 43, from Singapore.

The five were sentenced by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka after he found them guilty on 07 April 2014 on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud, three alternative counts of fraud in terms of unlawful use of property, two alternative counts of fraud in terms of non-declaration of goods.

The charges stem from them having been found in the illegal possession of foreign currency in excess of the amount legally permitted by the Bank of Namibia as well as an alternative count of fraud in terms of forgery of a driver’s licence in August 2007.

The first two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud were taken together as one count for the purposes of sentencing.

On these counts, the five men were each sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment of which eight years were suspended for a period of five years on condition that they are not convicted of fraud or any other related crimes during the period of suspension.