Vital piece of information after assassination of Gauteng Department of Health Acting Chief Financial Officer Babita Deokaran enables investigators to trace a vehicle at the scene to a former South African National Defence Force member residing in the Pretoria area.
The South African attorney arrested and charged with embezzlement of more than R1.4 million in Mauritius has been hauled before the Legal Practice Council (LPC), where a disciplinary process is under way.
We recently saw the recent developments made by investigations conducted by law firm Bowmans and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) relating to dodgy tenders at Eskom over the past 10 years resulting in a R178 billion graft. The investigations found a slush fund created by former executives where they had monies paid for various aspects of their lives. One of the cases involves a company named Tubular construction which supplied services to Eskom over contracts worth R1,2 billion and a multinational company called Babinatlou Business Solutions which also received millions. How are monies located and traced? Joining us to discuss this is Investigator at IRS Forensic Investigators, Chad Thomas.
Bitcoin’s price rocketed more than eleven-fold to break past the barrier of $60 000 (R896 000) from a low of $5 300 during the Covid-19 financial crisis.
The currency, however, decreased in value to $56 000 on Monday.
This follows the downfall of various schemes claiming to trade in cryptocurrencies. The most recent is the application to liquidate MTI. It is said that about 100 000 South African and international investors will lose R6 billion after the CEO of MTI, Johann Steynberg allegedly fled to Brazil in December last year, never to be seen again, since then.
Apparently Steynberg is the only one with access to the investments. MTI was provisionally liquidated after Steynberg disappeared and it will hear at the end of May whether the company will be put under final liquidation, which created scepticism under some investors.
But the latest increase caused even sceptics to look with renewed interest to the cryptocurrency.
Despite Monday’s pullback, many investors believe the outlook for Bitcoin’s price remains tilted to the upside.
However, investors should really be careful, cautions private forensic investigator, Chad Thomas.
According to Thomas the digital nature of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies makes it the ideal product for conmen and scammers.
The currency cannot be regulated through financial statements and other measures that protects investors against losing their money in other investments, Thomas told Izak du Plessis. Watch the video.
Financial crime costs the economy billions and criminals are always finding new ways to syphon money while keeping their hands clean. Desperate South Africans have been complicit in money laundering by naively selling their bank accounts and personal information to cyber criminals for a small fee, oblivious to the long-term repercussions.