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Woman in court for cloned bank card

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Two separate cases involving a Cape Town woman who allegedly went on two spending sprees with cloned bank cards, may be combined into one, the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court heard on Thursday.

While out on warning for her first case, Anushka Rossi allegedly went on a second, similar, spending spree.

In previous proceedings, prosecutor Gertrude Magopeni disclosed that Rossi, who had been out on warning, was re-arrested on similar charges and was back in custody.

At Thursday’s hearing, her lawyer Keith Gess told Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, that he wanted to discuss both cases with Malini Govender, head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Prosecution Unit.

He hoped to have both cases combined into one.

The second case is still on the roll at the Bellville District Court, and has yet to be transferred to the Commercial Crimes Court.

Rossi faces 260 counts from the first case, including fraud and violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, and the Identification Act.

The prosecutor alleges the first spree lasted three months — from April to June 2012, and involved R229,865.

It started at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg, The Baron in Sandton and The Pilgrims Trading Store at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, before she moved to Cape Town.

In Cape Town, purchases were allegedly made at the Cape Town Fish Market, the Mugg & Bean at Cape Town International Airport, Pick n Pay outlets, the M-Kem Pharmacy in Cape Town, Foschini, Cash Crusaders, Clicks, the Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan, Panarottis, KFC, Sheet Street, and Mitchell’s Brewery at the V&A Waterfront.

She also visited the Goudini Spa in Rawsonville, and made several purchases at Midmar Liquors outlets.

Rossi has indicated she would plead not guilty to the 260 counts relating to the first case.

She would remain in custody until her next appearance on August 8. SAPA


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