Plea deal for cloned card shopper

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Cape Town - A woman who allegedly went on two spending sprees with cloned bank cards is to plead guilty in plea bargain proceedings, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town heard on Friday.

Anushka Rossi, 30, appeared before magistrate Sabrina

Sonnenberg, who remanded her to September 4, while prosecutor Gertrude Magopeni and defence attorney Keith Gess negotiate an appropriate sentence for her.

It is alleged that while she was out on warning in one fraud case involving a spending spree, she went on a second, similar spree.

The two cases are to be combined into one, Gess told the court.

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

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

The alleged spree started at the Montecasino at Fourways, The Baron in Sandton and The Pilgrims Trading Store at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, before Rossi moved to Cape Town.

In Cape Town, some of her numerous alleged victims are listed in the charge sheet as the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant, the Mugg & Bean restaurant at the Cape Town International Airport, various 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 Spar in Rawsonville, and made several purchases at Midmar Liquors outlets.

Rossi had at a previous hearing indicated that she would plead not guilty to the 260 counts relating to the first alleged spree, but she has since changed her mind and is to plead guilty in plea-bargain proceedings.

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